Tech mission in Haryana to boost cane production

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Nov 9 2010, 08:10am hrs
In a move to encourage more farmers in the state to take up sugarcane cultivation, the Haryana government has launched a technology mission on sugarcane, and sanctioned Rs 3.73 crore for the mission during the current fiscal.

State agriculture department has framed the guidelines for the mission and it is expected to be implemented soon across the state.

CP Malik, additional cane commissioner told FE that under the mission a seed subsidy of Rs 1,500 per acre will be provided to sugarcane growers for autumn planting. For this purpose, a sum of Rs 8.88 crore has been provided by the government under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and Technology Mission on Sugarcane Scheme during 2010-11. The agriculture department has a plan to produce sugarcane breeder seed in 50 acre and foundation seed in 100 acre to improve upon their quality. All the field functionaries and staff of sugarmills have been directed to motivate the farmers for treatment of sugarcane seed. Subsidy will also be given on opting for tissue culture, said Malik.

Adding further he said, We have earmarked around 100 acre for cultivation method of front line demonstration and 333 acre for ring pit method. Assistance of Rs 6,000 per acre will be given to the farmers using ring pit method. Another subsidy of Rs 1,500 per acre has been announced for those adopting the trench method. Apart from this, 50% subsidy is there on purchase of implements and tools.

This subsidy will be given on the cost of power sprayer, tractor mounted sprayer, knap sack sprayer and boom sprayer.