The Prime Minister of India has recently called upon planners, scientists, farmers and other stakeholders to take necessary initiatives to double the farmers' income by 2022. This call carries clear message to strengthen agriculture sector in order to alleviate rural poverty and enhance purchasing power of farmers and youth which, ultimately, would work as game changer to uplift the overall economic growth of the country. Although doubling the farmers' income in the State in a stipulated period is a challenge, yet the State Government has taken this challenge as mission to achieve the target.
In order to enhance the income of the farmers, an integrated and intensified farming system with on-farm processing, along with fixation of minimum support price (MSP) and procurement policy; not only for cereals but also for pulses, oilseeds, horticultural and vegetable produces are needed. There is also a need for creation of unique branding of the farmer produce, such as “Basmati Rice”, “Dabawali Kinnow” “Jhajjar Guava” etc. Our farmer products should popularize properly to increase their demand in the global market. Hence, cost-effective rural based value addition technologies for producing quality products, including their storage/packaging should be adopted. Further quality control & testing laboratory back-up to meet national and international food standards for domestic consumption and export should also be created. Alternative models of marketing like producers' organizations and producers' companies to impart bargaining power, bypass middlemen and fetch better prices for farm produce, mechanism like producer-industry linkage will be highly helpful in this endeavor.
In this era of change the State Govern-ment has focused upon achieving higher returns on per unit of investment in different sectors of agriculture. Obviously this will need higher rate of adoption of efficient and cost- effective technologies not only for production purposes but also for post-harvest management, processing, branding and marketing. Further the government will also ensure timely availability of quality inputs including seeds, fertilizers, irrigation water, feed and fodder etc. The approaches for capacity building of rural youth in technology adoption, value addition, business management and marketing will also be modernized and systematized. The Ayog takes pride in the fact that it has submitted thirteen reports to the State Government in a span of 6 years. These reports focusing on various specific aspects of Haryana agriculture will certainly help the State Government especially the planners, scientists and field functionaries in achieving the goal fixed by the Prime Minister of India.
Dr. Ramesh Kumar Yadav