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TAKING THE ALTERNATE ROUTE TO SOIL REPLENISHMENT AND HIGH YIELDS

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Paul Raymer,adresses, others in pictures: Madhu Jamallamundi, JPS Bindra, Gokul Patnaik and Sriram Venkateswaran at 13th Agrotech India 2018 confrence on Agriculture Diversification: Identifying Multipliers at hotel Shivalik

CII HOLDS A CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS WAYS TO DIVERSIFY AGRICULTURE IN PUNJAB AND HARYANA

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The states of Punjab and Haryana have been predominantly wheat and paddy-growing areas, bringing great economic growth but also severe depletion of the ground water and quality of soil. Agriculture diversification is being touted as the probable solution to replenishing farmers’ incomes and the soil, with some factions of producers taking baby steps to venture into alternate methods such as dairy farming and horticulture.

 Day 2 of the 13th CII Agro Tech India 2018 saw a conference on Agriculture Diversification and Identification of Multipliers at, Sector 17, Chandigarh, where eminent people from both the government and private bodies shared their opinions and experiences in switching to crops, vegetables and fruits that bore high productivity.

Horticulture is fast gaining popularity as a practice that contributes to good returns and caters to an increasing demand for fruits, vegetables, flowers etc. that are in demand. Haryana, for instance, has about seven per cent of its area under horticulture, which it aims to increase to 15 per cent in the coming years, informed Dr Arjun Saini, Director General, Horticulture, Government of Haryana.

Similarly, Punjab, which is currently using almost 30 lakh hectares of land to sowing paddy, wants to bring it to about 16 lakh hectares owing to low water availability, informed Mr JPS Bindra, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Punjab. “There is a need to create incentives and schemes for those in allied practices such as dairy farming, fisheries, poultry, and horticulture,” he said. Mr Bindra added that banks have over-credited, but better monitoring is needed to ensure that the money isn’t spent on non-agriculture activities.

In the case of dairy farming, pointed out Mr Gokul Patnaik, Chairman, Global AgriSystems Pvt. Ltd, we need better quality of animals and look towards improving our indigenous breeds.

Laying stress on the significance of using technology to improve agricultural practices and introducing structural changes at the grassroots level, Mr Madhu Jamallamudi, Founder and CEO, Agrometrics Analytics and Technology Pvt Ltd, said “Our model uses technology, market intelligence and holistic practices to improve yields and make credit accessible to small landholders.”

Soil-mapping, in order to understand the nature and quality of soil to determine the crop that would best grow in it, is another new intelligent agriculture method that is fast gaining ground, said Mr Paul Raymer, CEO and Founder, SoilOptix Ltd, Ontario, Canada.

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