Inaugurating the Krishak Mahotsav 2014 here  Rawat said availability of good quality seeds to farmers, use of modern and cheaper farming techniques and helping farmers get the right price for their produce are three focus areas identified by the state government to promote agriculture in the state.

Setting a target for the agriculture department, he said at least 100 farmers in every block be registered as seed producers and a few as nursery producers.

Production of plants should also be encouraged as business.
To make farming beneficial, at least 80 percent farmers in plains and 33 percent in hills must be provided with modern seeds over the next two years to enhance their productivity and also the quality of their produce, Rawat said here on Tuesday.

Under the 'Humare Ped Humara Dhan’ scheme, planting of fodder and fruit producing trees is also being promoted, he said.

The need is to develop fruit markets, Rawat added.

To provide a market to fruits produced in the state, orders have been issued to include 10 percent fruit content in local liquor, he said.
Putting emphasis on mechanical farming, the Chief Minister said he was not averse to increasing the subsidy on farming equipment if the need for doing so is felt.
However, in comparison to other states, Uttarakhand is getting more subsidies in farming equipment and other areas, he said.

Claiming that the state government is sensitive to the problems of farmers, he said a pension scheme for them has been launched.
The Chief Minister also said the government will provide assistance for improving the condition of old poly houses.

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