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Haryan govt to prepare database of farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Haryana government today directed authorities to prepare a database of people engaged in farming activities in the state to help it in dispensing compensation and assistance to cultivators.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who presided over a review meeting of agriculture department here, said the benefit of any type of financial assistance should reach the cultivators rather than the land owners.

Khattar also said that insurance cover for polyhouses be provided to the farmers in case of crop damage.

"The state government's priority is to safeguard the interests of farmers," he said.

He also laid stress on setting up testing labs to check quantum of chemical residue in foodgrains.

The Chief Minister directed the department authorities to reach out to every farmer to provide soil and water testing facilities to them.

He further said all initiatives pertaining use of information technology in horticulture sector should be linked with Aadhar cards.

Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankhar suggested that farmers should be encouraged to use drip and sprinkler irrigation systems to help them reduce the production cost.

First Published: Fri, December 05 2014. 21:16 IST