Haryana will establish a silo capacity of six thousand lakh for grain storage in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, July 4 () On Thursday, the Haryana government decided to establish a capacity of six lakh tons of silo for the storage of food grains with the support of the National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).

The creation of a new silo capacity will involve a capital outlay of Rs 200 crore.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, here to review the progress of several projects that are being carried out in the state with the assistance of Nabard, according to an official statement.

Finance Minister Abhimanyu and President Nabard Harsh Kumar Bhanwala were also present at the meeting.

The chief minister said that a proposal to create silo capacity will be sent to Nabard to free up funds.

A consensus was also reached between the state government and Nabard to hold quarterly meetings to accelerate the development work that is being implemented in the state.

Khattar ordered interested officials to prioritize drinking water, water conservation or the irrigation project with the support of Nabard.

Water is a big problem, since even Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed concern about this and stressed the need to conserve water, he said.

He said the state government recently launched the 'Jal Hi Jeevan Hai' plan to encourage farmers to stop eating water and consume alternative crops such as rice and adopt alternative crops such as corn, which require comparatively less water.

The scheme has had a tremendous response from farmers, since the corn planting area has reached 50,000 acres in the state.

The Chief Minister led the irrigation and water resources department to explore the possibilities of undertaking the rejuvenation and remodeling project of 14,000 rural ponds in the state under any Nabard scheme.

The state government has also set up the Haryana Wastewater and Ponds Management Authority to rejuvenate the ponds and ensure the continuous flow of water so that it can be used for irrigation and other purposes, he said.

He also asked the department of agriculture and farmers' welfare to prepare a project for the improvement of salt and water lands in the state. The president of Nabard, Bhanwala, assured all possible assistance to the state government to ensure rural development. CHS SHW SHW

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