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US eyes agri partnership with Haryana

02 Mar 2016

With a view to increase agriculture growth in the most fertile northern state of India, US has expressed interest in collaborating with Haryana.

Chandigarh: With a view to increase agriculture growth in the most fertile northern state of India, US has expressed interest in collaborating with Haryana.

In this regard, US Embassy officials including Douglas Fowler, Economic Officer and his associate, Michelle Janzen, from the US Embassy, New Delhi.

Embassy officials discussed issues regarding agricultural production and challenges being faced by the state’s farm sector with Kochar.

Khokhar said Haryana accounts for only 1.4 per cent of the geographical area of the country, but contributes to the tune of 30 per cent in the central food reserves. However, its agriculture sector is being threatened by climate change and other factors.

He said as a consequence of the green revolution, the state is facing challenges like soil health and water table depletion.

He added that the university has developed models of integrated farming system for the small and marginal farmers by incorporating various components like horticulture, floriculture, animal husbandry and other allied activities.

Embassy officials briefed him about various agriculture research and practices being followed in the US and said that there is great scope for collaboration between them in this area.


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