Plans prepared to promote natural farming in Haryana: Khattar
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday said his government has prepared a plan to promote natural farming on 50,000 acres of land.
He said that a subsidy of up to ₹25,000 on the purchase of indigenous cows will be provided besides four drums to a farmer to prepare the ‘jeevamrutha ghol’ (a natural fertiliser produced by mixing cow’s dung and urine), which will help in growing usual crops without the use of any chemicals.
The chief minister said that natural farming is the only way out and its basic objective is to change the eating habits, for which we have to adopt the concept of food and medicine.
“A target has been set to promote natural farming on 50,000 acres of land in the state and in order to make people aware about it, an exhibition will be organised in every block,” he said while addressing a state-level programme on the theme of natural farming.
He said that farmers having land below 2.5 acres will be provided 50% subsidy for buying indigenous cows if they voluntarily adopt natural farming. He said that more than 50 progressive farmers should be trained at the block level and they will now be called natural farmers.
Khattar also expressed his concerns over the blatant use of pesticides and fertilisers in agriculture, saying that due to the use of chemical fertilisers, the fields have also become poisonous.
“We should take a pledge that we will neither grow with poison nor eat poison,” he said while addressing technical assistant managers, block technical assistant managers and farmers associated with the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (AATMA) of the central government.
Haryana agriculture minister JP Dalal said that 700 agriculture development officers will be recruited soon to provide better assistance to the farmers.
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The Central government on Sunday notified appointments of elevation advocates as additional judges of Punjab and Haryana high court. Supreme Court collegium had recommended names of thirteen lawyers on July 25 out of which 11 names have been cleared by the government. In the list are: taxation lawyer, Jagmohan Bansal; Harsh Bunger, Alok Kumar Jain, Sanjay Vashisth, Tribhuvan Dahiya, Namit Kumar, Harkesh Manuja and Aman Chaudhary.
Punjab government will be providing the option of home delivery of wheat flour to each beneficiary registered under national food security Act (NFSA), from October 1, food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister Lal Chand Kataruchak said on Sunday. The scheme will be implemented in a single phase for which the entire state has been divided into eight zones. Besides, ration will now be distributed on a monthly basis, instead of quarterly.
Mansa police on Sunday dropped attempt to murder charges against Congress leader and party's Sardulgarh candidate Bikramjit Singh Mofar, who along with several other persons, is accused of having assaulted a police team on late Saturday night. The hurriedly-quashed attempt to murder charges, came just hours after police registered a first information report (FIR) in the case during wee hours of Sunday, thus indicating possible political interference in the case.
Passengers had a harrowing time on Sunday as contractual and outsourced staff of Punbus and PEPSU road transport corporation across the state went on strike, affecting bus services. The protesting employees, who had initially planned to go on strike for three days, decided by evening to resume their services after a meeting with state transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar and assurance of a meeting with chief minister Bhagwant Mann on August 18.