Dhankar calls upon farmers to increase their agricultural & horticulture production

Chandigarh – Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar called upon the farmers of the state to increase their agricultural and horticultural production besides doing marketing and branding of their products. The farmers can get the right price of their produce only by mastering marketing and branding of their products.

          He was addressing the gathering on the concluding day of 28th Mango Mela held at Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore at Panchkula near here today.

          The Minister said that if India’s farmers make serious efforts in the field of marketing and branding of their products, India can outperform countries such as Israel in agriculture on the global platform. At the same time, he directed the officers of the Agriculture and Horticulture Departments to increase the Mango Mela from two days to three days from the coming year. He said that the literature related to fruits and their products should also be provided in the Mela so that people coming to the fair can get information about varieties of mangoes, timings of their availability and method of preparation of products.

          In this Mela, Puran Chand Bhatia, a resident of Chhachroli of district Yamunanagar secured first place in the ranking of Best Mango Grower District in the state. Similarly, in this ranking, Anju Goel, a resident of village Billa, district Panchkula won second prize and Mrs. Gian Chauhan, a resident of Barara, district Ambala got the third prize. In this ranking, the first, second and third prizes winners are awarded with cash prize of Rs 51,000, Rs 21,000 and Rs 11,000 alongwith shield and certificate. Similarly, in the participating districts of Haryana, Ambala bagged the maximum number of 12 awards whereas Yamunanagar remained second with 10 awards. The participants of Punjab, Jitendra Singh Bajwa, a resident of village Mahilawali Hoshiarpur was honored with the award of Rs. 11,000, shield and citations for Best Mango Grower. Among participants from Uttar Pradesh, S.C. Shukla of Gomti Nagar in Lucknow got the award of Best Mango Grover. For the Aam Kesari Award, Shoaib Mango Cultivation Farm Raipur Saharanpur got first prize, Nirmal Nursery Harbertarpura Uttarakhand got second prize and in this category, Rao Arshad Saharanpur was given the consolation prize. For the Aam Kesari Award, the first, second and consolation prizes was of Rs 15,000, Rs 11,000 and Rs 5100 rupees, respectively, alongwith shields and certificates.

          Director General, Horticulture Department, Dr. Arjun Singh Saini said that in this two-day Mango Mela, the mango producers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh had registered 3,777 entries of more than 300 varieties of mangoes. He said that in the competition of A Category mangoes, first prize in Dosahri variety was bagged by State Horticulture Nursery Fatehpur Panchkula, in Langra variety by the Regional Research Centre, Budiya Yamunanagar, in Chausa variety by the Integrated Bee Keeping Centre Ramnagar Kurukshetra, in Malika variety by the State Horticulture Nursery Chharchroli, in Amrapali variety by the State Horticulture Nursery Patiala Punjab and in Ramkela variety by the Regional Research Centre Budiya Yamunanagar.

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