Brij Behari Lal Butail, Speaker of the state Assembly, inaugurated a farmer training camp at Dadh, near Palampur. Speaking on the occasion, Butail asked agriculture scientists to work towards educating farmers about the new technologies so that they could be benefited by it.
Butail said that the state government keen to boost agriculture sector in state and funds won’t be a problem as the state government had already allocated adequate budget to the agriculture sector.
He informed that the state government will spend Rs 1.8 crore on the installation of 4,500 units of vermi compost in Kangra district during the current financial year. Brij Behari Lal Butail said in the current financial year, the government had fixed a target to collect 15,150 soil samples from the district with an intention to boost agriculture production and help farmers. He said the state government had declared to provide 50 per cent subsidy to farmers on purchased seeds and other agriculture inputs.
He advised the farmers to switch over to organic farming as organic products had high demand in market. He also advised farmers to adopt cash crops like off-season vegetables.
Deputy Director, Agriculture VK Soni assured the speakers that the Agriculture Department was committed to serve the farmers and would extend all possible help to acquaint farmers with new technologies.