Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Chandigarh-In reaffirming Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Singh Mann’s dedication to enhancing horticulture in Punjab and enhancing farmers’ revenue, Horticulture Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra, on Wednesday, directed involved division officers to promptly deal with the problems of the litchi growers of Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

During the assembly at Punjab Bhawan, Cabinet Minister S. Chetan Singh Jauramajra requested the PSPCL about farmers’ demand for 10 hours of uninterrupted energy provide at night time within the peak season of April and May for litchi growers, directing Chief Engineer PSPCL Mr. Satinder Sharma to prioritize fulfilling this demand. The Minister instructed Mr. Chander Gaind, Secretary, Water Resources Department to make sure well timed restore of canals and minors for guaranteeing uninterrupted canal water provide for litchi orchards throughout the summer season season. He stated that the delay in cleansing and repairing of canals in March and April, disrupts water provide to litchi orchards, impacting the fruit yield.

The Horticulture Minister instructed Mr. Ranbir Singh, General Manager, Punjab Agro to discover litchi export prospects, guaranteeing the advertising and marketing of litchi inside the state and overseas, aiming to extend income for growers. Likewise, the Cabinet Minister requested the scientists from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana to develop new litchi varieties and create particular packaging appropriate for export.

In response to farmers’ demand for putting in photo voltaic methods in orchards, the Cabinet Minister directed Mr. Rajesh Bansal, Joint Director of PEDA to take motion and supply photo voltaic pumps for these orchards, emphasizing that based mostly on the Horticulture Department’s suggestion, a spread of 500 to 1000 photo voltaic pumps ought to be allotted for the growers.

The Cabinet Minister requested Mrs. Shailender Kaur, Director of Horticulture Department to make sure that really useful pesticides/fungicides are supplied to the farmers by a particular outlet at Litchi Estate. The minister stated that he’ll maintain a gathering with the Finance Minister within the subsequent few days to offer further funds to Litchi Estate. He additionally requested Director to carry a gathering with insurance coverage firms to create an insurance coverage scheme for litchi growers.

The Minister requested the officers of the forest division to organize a plan for putting in fencing wire across the litchi orchards.

The Horticulture Minister urged litchi farmers to create clusters and work in unison, emphasizing that this strategy would help in chopping down the enter price of produce.

Prominent amongst others who have been current within the assembly included Mr. Chander Gaind, Secretary of Water Resources, Mrs. Shailender Kaur, Director, Horticulture, Mrs. Amrit Kaur Gill, Secretary, Mandi Board Mr. Saiyam Agarwal, Special Secretary Horticulture, Dr. Harpreet Singh, Assistant Director Horticulture, Mr. J.P. Singh, Chief Engineer (Canals), Water Resources Department and different officers.

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