Punjab to develop Kandi area as Herbal Hub
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said the state government would make concerted efforts to develop the Kandi region as a 'Herbal Hub' of the country.
Interacting with the progressive farmers of the region after visiting the Sada Shiv Model, women self help group engaged in Agro food processing here today, the Chief Minister reiterated that Kandi area of the state had a rich bounty of natural resources which needed to be tapped for the economic progress of Punjab.
Mr Badal said that if the farmers of the area made the optimum utilisation of the products like Mango, Amla and others herbs produced in the area, it could be developed as a 'Herbal Hub' of the country.
He said that in order to develop modern techniques of Agriculture in the Kandi region the state government was focusing on promoting Drip irrigation system in the area for which a pilot project had been conceived by the state government under which check dams would be constructed in 28 villages of Mukerian Sub Division.
The Chief Minister said that under the project drip irrigation would be promoted in the region thereby encouraging the farmers to cultivate crops like Amla, Aloevera, Mango and others which could be helpul in increasing their income fairly.
He said the state government was making stupendous efforts for development of Agriculture in the region and two nurseries would be established in the region by state Horticulture department and Forest depoartment for guiving breakthrough in the farming sector.
Mr Badal said that while the Nursery established by Hoticulture department would porvide high yielding variety plants of Amla, Aloe Vera and other medicinal herbs, the other one to be established by the Forest department would focus of providing 15 lakh saplings of high yielding Bamboos thereby paving a way for the development of Agro-forestry in the region.