than the farming in Haryana is the most risk-free farming in the country. Elaborating, he said that the State Government has given compensation of about Rs 491 crore to farmers under Fasal Bima Yojana. Compensation amounting to Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per acre has been given to farmers through Revenue and Disaster Management Department. During 2015, Rs 1092 crore were given for wheat crops and Rs 276 crore for cotton crops.

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Farmers in Haryana will get a benefit of about Rs 6,000-18,000 per acre following a hike in MSP of kharif crops, state agriculture minister O P Dhankar said.

"Increase in Minimum Support Price (MSP) of crops as approved by the Central government will benefit the paddy farmers of Haryana with Rs 6,000 per acre, cotton farmers with Rs 18,000 per acre and bajra farmers with Rs 7,800 per acre," Dhankar said.

He said due to the increase in MSP, Haryana would get benefit of Rs 1,500 crore which includes Rs 1,200 crore for paddy and Rs 300 crore for other crops.

Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, OP Dhankar on Monday said that farmers of the state will get a benefit of about Rs 6,000 to Rs 18,000 per acre after Central Government approved a steep rise in the minimum support price of crops, giving farmers the promised 50 per cent return on input costs.

Apart from this, compensation amounting to Rs 3,257 crore has so far been given to farmers during the tenure of present State Government to make farming a risk-free venture, said Dhankar while talking to the mediapersons here.

He said that increase in minimum support price (MSP) of crops as approved by the Central Government would benefit the paddy farmers of Haryana with Rs 6,000 per acre, cotton farmers with Rs 8,000 per acre and bajra farmers with Rs 7800 per acre.

Due to the increase in MSP, Haryana would get Rs 1500 crore which includes Rs 1200 crore for paddy and Rs 300 crore for other crops, said the Minister.

Spelling out the achievements of his Department, the Minister said that the State Government has given compensation of about Rs 491 crore to farmers under Fasal Bima Yojana. Compensation amounting to Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000 per acre has been given to farmers through Revenue and Disaster Management Department.

During 2015, Rs 1092 crore was given for wheat crops and Rs 276 crore for cotton crops. Apart from this, the compensation amounting to Rs 268 crore pending from the tenure of the previous government was also given to farmers by the present State Government, he added.

During 2015, Rs 1,092 crore were given for wheat crops and Rs 276 crore for cotton crops. Apart from this, the compensation amounting to Rs 268 crore pending from the tenure of the previous government was also given to farmers by the present state government, he said.

Dhankar said there were some challenges facing the farming sector which needed to be turned into opportunities.

Water availability was the biggest challenge. Under Atal BhuJal Yojana, Rs 712 crore has been allotted to Haryana for a period of five years for this purpose. As many as 36 blocks of Haryana are highly water exploited and to promote micro irrigation in these areas, the state government has been giving a grant up to 85 percent.

He said 1.30 lakh hectare area in the state falls under micro irrigation. Apart from this, pipelines have been laid on one lakh hectare area for irrigation thereby increasing the irrigated area. A sum of Rs 75 crore has been given for such areas, he added.

Dhankar said 54 mandis in the state have been linked with e-NAM.

Apart from this, new mandis are also being developed. The largest mandi of the country being set up over 600 acres in Gannaur, would be constructed through special purpose vehicle for which approval had been given by the Cabinet.



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