Chandigarh, Jun 1 : Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that instead of sowing paddy, farmers should adopt cultivation of alternate crops like maize, oilseeds etc so that they can pave a way towards gifting a land with adequate groundwater level to their future generations as an inheritance. He said that considering water conservation issue as need of the hour, 'Mera Pani Meri Virasat' scheme has been launched by the state government.
Under this scheme, farmer willing to adopt crop diversification would get an incentive of Rs 7000 per acre from the government, he added. Mr Khattar stated this while interacting with the farmers of Guhala, Siwan, and Ismailabad development blocks in Kurukshetra on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that so far 2033 farmers of Kaithal district have agreed to plant alternative crops in about 4500 acres of land instead of paddy. The farmers described ‘Mera Pani Meri Virasat' scheme as an important step taken by the state government. During the interaction, Mr Khattar also answered the queries of farmers regarding this scheme.
The Chief Minister said that the present state government’s thinking is not limited to politics only rather it thinks much above politics, so that in the coming time too, the environment remains suitable for the farmers. He said, "the water crisis is a huge concern, in some places water is present in large quantity while in some there is less water. Somewhere there is drought and in some places, there is a flood situation. Water is also important for maintaining the environmental balance, irrigation, and drinking." Mr Khattar said that only efficient management of water would help to save water for future generations and for this, the State has moved towards drip irrigation. He said that under a project of paddy production through sprinkler irrigation started at Gumthala Gadhu, production is almost equal to the paddy produced with normal methods. (UNI)