Chandigarh, Feb 9- Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr O.P. Dhankar said that the 4th Agri Leadership Summit-2019 would be organised from February 15-17, 2019 at India International Horticulture Market (IIHM), Ganaur in district Sonipat. The Union Agriculture Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh and Union Minister of Steel, Birender Singh would inaugurate the summit on February 15, 2019. In the Summit, every day over 60,000 farmers as well as dignitaries from across the country and abroad, would participate.

The Minister said that on the second day of the Summit, the Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Parshottam Rupala would be the Chief Guest. On the concluding ceremony, the President, Mr Ramnath Kovind would be the Chief Guest and Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal would preside over the programme.

Mr Dhankar was presiding over a meeting today to take stock of the preparations for 4th Agri Leadership Summit-2019 at IIHM, Ganaur, in Sonipat.

Mr Dhankar said that in 2015, the State Government had organised the first Agri Leadership Summit in Gurugram for the development of agriculture and farmers. After which, it was decided to organise this Summit in every two years and the 2nd Agri Leadership Summit was organised at Surajkund Faridabad in 2017. Later, the state government decided to organise this Summit every year in the interest of farmers and in 2018, the 3rd Agri Leadership Summit was held in Rohtak, where 1.60 lakh farmers participated from 16 lakh farmers’ families in the state. After the success of the 3rd Summit, it has been decided to organise the 4th Agri Leadership Summit at Ganaur, Sonipat, he added.

He said that this Summit has become very popular and we have integrated all the departments like Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Fisheries, agriculture marketing board and other organizations which have direct link to farmers, with the Summit. This is a platform where the department can exhibit all development plans.

He said that during the three-day summit, different themes have been formed based on innovative farming for making farming a profitable venture. The theme of first day is Innovation and entrepreneurship, in which foodgrains producing farmers have been invited while, the second day theme is Kheti Plus, Dhan Plus in which farmers into the business of Poultry, Animal Husbandry, and Fisheries have been invited and the theme of the third day is Direct Marketing and Agri Service in which farmers have been invited under horticultural format for making farming a profitable business.

He said that Agri Leader is a farmer, from whom we learn. There are about 500 farmers in the state who our motivators and who inspire other farmers. During the 3-day Summit, our farmers and our departments would exhibit all what they have achieved. Farmers would also be allowed to sell their products or produce. He also allotted duties to officers of various departments.

He said that this year, the state government would honour the farmers with new award Haryana Kisan Ratna Samman to encourage them. This award would carry a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation and would be given to a farmer for his outstanding work in the field of agriculture development. This award can also be given to farmers, institutions, universities, departments and scientists working for the development of agriculture and farmers.

He said that the farmers visiting the Summit would also be awarded. Every day farmers would be given a coupon and the draw would be held. The prizes of draw included a big tractor, a small tractor, bullet motorcycle and a scooty.

Those present included, Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board, Chairperson, Mrs Krishna Gahlawat, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mrs Navraj Sandhu, Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Mr S.K. Gulati and others.