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50,000 farmers to attend Punjab agri summit

PTI  Chandigargh, February 11, 2014
First Published: 18:36 IST(11/2/2014) | Last Updated: 18:52 IST(11/2/2014)

Nearly 50,000 farmers from Punjab and agriculture experts from world over will attend the four-day Progressive Punjab Agriculture Summit that will begin in Mohali from February 16.

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During the summit, internationally acclaimed agriculture experts economists, researchers and scientists will discuss ways to safeguard the interests of the farmers of Punjab and the deep crisis they are passing through. A spokesperson from the chief minister's (CM's) office said, "Eminent agriculture experts and delegates from Canada, Pakistan, the UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Australia, and the United States would participate in the summit."

Canadian province Saskatchewan's minister of agriculture, Lyle Stewart; Furrukh Javed, the agriculture minister of Pakistan Punjab; and British deputy high commissioner for north-west India, David Lelliott, would participate in the summit.

Nearly 5,000 farmers from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir are also expected to participate in the summit. The state government would honour three famers from each state of the country with a cash award of Rs. 51,000, in recognition of their contribution to agriculture and allied farming, the spokesperson said.

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