February 15, 2019
Bring in Reforms in Haryana’s Land Settlement Rules & Procedures, says PHDCCI’s Report at 4th Agri Leadership Summit-2019
A knowledge report prepared by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on “Progressive Haryana : The Agriculture Hub of India” has recommended that the state should further scale up its agricultural productivity by initiating reforms in land settlement rules and procedures.
In addition, it should also intensify policy parameters to boosting capital investments to develop agri-infrastructure as well improve environmental services and risk management as well provide for agricultural credit, insurance and agro-advisory services to farmers in a bid to enhance its growth trajectory in the coming years.
The report released here today at the Inaugural Session of 4th Agri Leadership Summit-2019 under aegis of Government of Haryana in which PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is Institutional Partner jointly by Mr. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Ch. Birender Singh, Union Steel Minister; Mr. O P Dhankar, Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Haryana; Mrs. Kavita Jain, Women & Child Development Minister, Haryana; Mr. Manish Grover, Minister of State Cooperation, Haryana; Mr. Nayab Saini, Minister of Labour and Employment, Haryana; Sr. Vice President, Vice President and Secretary General, PHD Chamber, Mr. D K Aggarwal, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal and Dr Mahesh Y Reddy respectively also suggests faster development in Haryana’s rural infrastructure as an additional asset for fully utilizing the potential of its agriculture sector.
Commenting on the report, the Sr. Vice President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. D K Aggarwal pointed out that the State is promoting diversification in the farm sector, improving research and development system and upgrading infrastructure as per international standards to harness the emerging opportunities in the agriculture sector.
Though it has made a significant progress in the agricultural sector over the decades but Haryana still needs the recommended reforms in land settlement rules and procedures to make a mark difference. Its cropping and irrigation intensity are significantly high at 182% and 188% respectively which is a good indicator and can further be broad based, felt Mr. Aggarwal adding that Haryana has already introduced Agri-Business and Food Processing Policy 2018 which aims at to give the required impetus to the Food processing industry.
“Further by establishing efficient forward and backward linkages, the policy also aims at to create greater employment opportunities across the entire food value chain, thus promoting agriculture and rural prosperity. Farmers are being motivated to adopt latest farm technology to increase the farm sector output for which easy credit should be made available to them. However, the existing cooperative societies of Haryana need revitalization for organized credit availability to farmers, marketing and other services in the agriculture sector”, emphasizes the report.
The Vice President of the Chamber, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal who was also present on the occasion of release of knowledge report with the Secretary General of the Chamber, Dr Mahesh Y Reddy explained that the State has a huge potential for establishment of agro-based and food processing industry. Initiatives to increase investment in proper post-harvest handling facilities and inadequate infrastructure facilities along the supply chain would reduce the losses due to wastage of substantial quantity of farm produce especially perishable commodities. Moreover, the consolidation of food processing industry in Haryana, comprising a large scale international players and a multitude of small-scale players and cottage industries, would bring the benefits of economies of scale.
Lastly, PHD Chamber in general and all its functionaries present on the occasion appreciated the joint efforts put in by all stakeholders associated with the event for its meticulous planning to organize the event despite rains on the eve of the event.
Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal