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State of Haryana to set up 200 pack-houses for vegetables and fruits

Haryana is one of the 28 states in India, located in northern part of the country. The state’s Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Jai Prakash Dalal, said that the state government will open 200 integrated small and big packhouses in the state in the next three years and a budget of Rs 5 bln has also been allotted for this scheme.

The minister was addressing farmers after inaugurating Haryana's first integrated packhouse and crop group (Pihowa Vegetable Producer Company) under the Crop Group Development Scheme of Horticulture Department, at Talhedi village in Kurukshetra district. He said that modern farming has emerged in Haryana with 'Integrated PackHouse' and 'Crop Cluster Center'. This will not only increase the income of farmers but will also incline the farmers towards advanced and commercial agriculture. Through these packhouses, the profits of the products will directly reach the farmers and not to the middlemen. The initiative of collective farming will reduce the cost of farmers and the products will also have longer shelf life.

Earlier, Haryana Agriculture Minister Mr. J.P. Dalal, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal inaugurated the first integrated packhouse of Haryana, and also took an overview of the integrated packhouse in Talhedi village.

The Agriculture Minister said that a target has been set to open 200 packhouses in Haryana and a budget of about Rs 5 bln will be spent on this. Grading, packaging, and marketing of farmers' produce will be done easily through pack houses. On the opening of packhouses to the farmers, a 70-90% subsidy is also being given by the government.

Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com


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