In recognition of the Haryana’s exemplary performance in the field of paddy production, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi conferred the Krishi Karman Award in the rice category for 2014-15 on Haryana at the three-day ‘Krishi Unnati Mela’ being organised in New Delhi on Saturday.
The award, which carried cash prize of Rs two crore, trophy and citation, was received by Haryana Chief Minister, Manohar Lal and Agriculture Minister, O.P. Dhankar on behalf of the state government.
Apart from this, two progressive farmers of the state, Sona Devi, a resident of village Harewa, district Yamunanagar and Shamsher Singh of village Bir Babran, district Hisar, were felicitated with the ‘Agriculture Minister’s Krishi Karman Award’. This award carries cash prize of Rs two lakh, along with a ‘Prashasti Patra’.
The Prime Minister congratulated the farmers and Haryana Government for increase in paddy production.
Congratulating the hard-working farmers of the state and officers and employees of the Agriculture Department for the award, the Chief Minister said that the exemplary performance of the farmers of Haryana in terms of production and productivity of paddy was a milestone in itself. He said that Haryana had registered record production of 40.06 lakh tonnes of paddy in 2014-15, as compared to 39.98 lakh tonnes in 2013-14.
The CM said that the Agriculture Department was making consistent efforts for providing technical assistance and services to the farmers. He said that these efforts, which included maintenance of soil health, preparation of soil fertility at village level, water management, 100 per cent distribution of certified paddy seed, encouragement of resource-saving techniques and making available new seeds, had led to the increase in production and productivity of paddy in the State in 2014-15.