Sunday, May 26, 2013

CM Inaugurates Centre of Excellence for Fruits.
26, May 2013
Pictures and Videos: Amar Singh Jyani, GS Mann, Background Music: Murari Verma
Haryana Chief Minister, Mr. Bhupinder Singh Hooda while inaugurating Center of Exxelence for Fruits at Village Mangiana in Sirsa said that progressive farmers of the state would be sent on training to Israel so that they could know how to increase production by adopting most modern technology of irrigation and cultivation of Israel. 
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Mr Hooda was addressing the farmers after inaugurating Centre of Excellence for fruits, an Indo-Israel project at village Mangiana in district Sirsa on 21st May 2013. This centre had been set up at a cost of Rs.9.7 crore over an area of 72 acres. The Chief Minister said that he had a discussion in this regard with Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Alon Ushpiz who consented that two training courses having a group of 25 to 30 farmers each could be conducted every year. These courses would soon be organized so that our farmers could get information about how to increase productivity by using less water.
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While congratulating the farmers for this new Centre of Excellence project, Mr. Hooda said that our great leader Mr. Rajiv Gandhi had dreamt for progress of the nation in the 21st century. His vision was that only communication technology is not enough, but other latest techniques in agriculture should be made available for the farmers of the country. Today on his death anniversary, dedication of this centre is a step forward towards realization of late Mr. Gandhi’s dream. The farmers could not achieve progress unless they do not adopt technology. Time has come to switch on to new technique in cultivation so that income of farming community could be increased.
Mr. Hooda said that Israel and Haryana have similarities in climate and soil conditions. There is an acute shortage of irrigation water in Israel but farmers there were getting maximum production by adopting most modern technology of irrigation and cultivation. However, Israel is a small country yet it had exported fruits and vegetables in entire Europe and other countries. He said that landholdings in the state are shrinking and availability of water is decreasing slowly. Hence, it is necessary to adopt technology of high density plantation by using less water that gives more yields.
While thanking UPA government and Union Agriculture Minister for providing two Centres of Excellence to Haryana out of 14 in the country, Mr. Hooda said that CoE for vegetables had already been established at Gharaunda, Karnal. Both these centres were examples of Indo-Israel joint cooperation in the field of horticulture. He said that this centre would provide disease free plants for kinnows to the farmers. New varieties of citrus were being tested to prolong harvesting period of citrus fruits. Apart from others, new crops of olive would be tested here.
Mr. Hooda said that Haryana has got maximum benefit under National Horticulture Mission. Rs. 114 crore had been spent under the Mission in district Sirsa. Out of total 2500 community water tanks constructed in the state, about 1200 have been constructed in Sirsa only. Agro-malls are being established in the state and an international Terminal market is being set up at Ganaur. Apart from this, 14 Front Demonstration Centre at farmer’ fields had also been set up in various districts to promote protected cultivation technologies, he added.
Mr. Hooda also assured that there would be no shortage of staff in Horticulture department as now a days the department had became very important for farmers. He also released a book of Haryana Kisan Ayog entitled ‘Horticulture Development in Haryana’. He also announced grant of Rs.50 lakh for pavement of streets and Rs. One crore for drinking water for village Mangiana.
Speaking on this occasion, Ambassador of Israel, Mr. Alon Ushpiz said that today another Centre of Excellence had been inaugurated by Chief Minister in the wonderful state of Haryana. He said that people of Haryana are very much hard working and dedicating like Israel. They never surrender to hardship of nature. In Haryana, we feel like talking to our brothers. Speaking in chaste Hindi, he said, “Jab hum Haryana mein hain, hame apne ghar jaisa mehsoos hota hai. Jab Haryana wasiyon se baat karte hain, tab mahsoos hota hai, apne bhaiyon se baat kar rahe hain” (When we are in Haryana, we feel like in our home. When we talk to Haryana people, we feel that we are talking to our brothers). He also congratulated Union Agriculture
Minister Mr. Sharad Pawar for promoting agriculture cooperation between two countries.
While extending best wishes for setting up of Centre of Excellence for Fruits, Head MASHAV, Mr. Daniel Carmon said that centre would be an example of success. He said that cooperation between Israel and Haryana will continue and we are exploring possibilities to cooperate in other fields also. He also thanked the Chief Minister for supporting this ambitious project. Member of Parliament, Dr. Ashok Tanwar, Agriculture Minister, Mr. Paramvir Singh, Minister of State for Agriculture Mr. Sukhbir Kataria, OSD (Media) to Chief Minister, Dr KV Singh and Political Advisor to Chief Minister Prof. Virender Singh also spoke on this occasion.
Those present on this occasion included Chief Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Prahalad  Singh Gillankhera, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Chhatar  Singh, former Minister Mr. Ranjit Singh, former MPs Mr. Sushil Kumar Indora and Mr. Atma Singh Gill, Chairman Haryana Kisan Ayog Mr. R.S. Paroda, Vice Chancellor CCSHAU, Hisar Dr. K.S. Khokhar, Principal Secretary Agriculture Mr. Roshan Lal, former MLA Mr. Mani Ram Keharwal, DCC President Mr. Malkit Singh Khosa, senior Congress leader, Mrs. Krishna Punia a number of dignitaries and officers and farmers.

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