Surpassing the target of production of vegetable farming, Sangrur has achieved a new height in promoting crop diversification.
Reviewing the report of horticulture department, deputy commissioner, Kumar Rahul said the district was given the target to bring 104 hectare under vegetable farming but the department concerned has successfully promoted crop diversification in 114.5 hectare.
"Around Rs 60-lakh financial support was provided to the farmers for adopting horticulture farming under the National Horticulture Mission and National Vegetable Initiative schemes," Rahul said.
He added around Rs 15-lakh of subsidy was provided for power bleeders, beekeeping, power sprayer and constructing sheds for mushroom farming by this year.
"These efforts also help encourage farmers to get rid off traditional vicious circle of paddy and wheat," he said.
District horticulture officer, Hardeep Singh, said in order to promote horticulture, the department would sow fruit-bearing plants in another 180 hectare in four months.
"The department also provides regular technical support to farmers regarding insecticide sprays and fertilisers," he added.
"Around 450 fruit-bearing plants have already been planted in farmers' fields near tubewells and 800 more such plants will be planted," Rahul said.