Fertility of 1 lakh acres of land will be improved in state within coming year: Govt

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, October 8

Chairperson, Haryana Water Resources Authority,  Keshni Anand Arora said that the fertility of one lakh acres of land will be improved in the state within the coming year, for which the first phase of land survey has been completed in 4 districts. Along with this, directions have been given to start the second phase survey in 5 districts of Nuh, Bhiwani, Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa.

Presiding over the meeting of Haryana Water Resources Authority today,  Arora said that this authority constituted on the directions of Chief Minister  Manohar Lal is working on a comprehensive plan on the problem of falling water level and water logging in various districts of the state. For the convenience of the farmers and to get rid of the problems related to the ground water level in the state, a centralized water monitoring system is being prepared by the government. He said that through this scheme the farmers of the state would get the benefit of diversification in their crops, due to which it would be possible to produce more than one crop in a year. This process will not only increase the income of the farmers but will also improve the soil fertility.

 Arora informed that while the ground water level is depleting in 14 districts of the state, 9 districts of the state are facing the problem of water logging. It is registering an increase of 9 percent per annum. To solve this problem, seven departments including Irrigation, Agriculture, Horticulture, Forest and Fisheries Departments have been directed to prepare proper plans. She said that in the first phase of the scheme, land survey has been done in four districts namely Sonipat, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Charkhi Dadri, in which 180424 acres of land is saline or water logged.

Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Irrigation Department,  Devender Singh directed the officers of all the departments to jointly complete the survey work at the earliest. He said that the departmental officers along with the surveyor should work to make the farmers aware so that more and more farmers can take advantage of this scheme. For this, the officers of all the departments should understand the problem of a particular place and prepare a plan jointly for it. He said that Irrigation Department would work especially on vertical drainage, Agriculture Department horizontal drainage and Forest Department on bio-drainage.

Additional Chief Secretary, Haryana Agriculture Department, Dr. Sumita Misra said that survey work will be being started in the above five districts. She said that the department has completed the survey work in the first phase. Under this, survey has been done in 415 villages, in which information was given to the farmers in this regard.

In this meeting, Additional Chief Secretary, Fisheries Department,  Ankur Gupta was present through virtual medium, IFS,  VS Tanwar, Director General, Agriculture Department,  Hardeep Singh, Managing Director, Haryana Land Reclamation & Development Corporation Ltd.,  Rajiv Rattan Additional Deputy Commissioner of various Districts, and many other officers were present.

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