Punjab chief secretary (CS) Rakesh Singh, on Friday, visited state's first maize drier plant in Saila Khurd.
The plant, with a capacity to dry 2500 quintals of maize per day, has been set up at a cost of Rs 8.50 crore. It would become operational by August 31.
He was accompanied by financial commissioner (development) Suresh Kumar. The CS said the government was giving a push to diversification and asked the concerned officials to encourage maximum farmers to avail diversification schemes by organizing camps.
He hoped that the maize drier plant would aid better marketing of the crop as it would fetch better price to the farmers.
He also visited Citrus Estate at Chhauni Kalan and reviewed its working. He saw the leaf and soil testing laboratories and other equipments which have been recently added to the estate. He held a meeting with the officials of horticulture department and the Citrus Estate and discussed plans to promote citrus cultivation. He assured that the multi-purpose juice plant at Jahan Khelan would soon become operational. The CS and the FCR also visited the turmeric plant in Kang Mai village which is being run by a cooperative society.