Hisar, Mar 9: Haryana Agriculture Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha has urged farmers to maintain the fertility of land besides conserving water and using it judiciously to increase crop productivity.
Mr Chatha, while inaugurating the Kisan Mela at Haryana Agriculture University here yesterday, said for the last few years the crop productivity had stabilised and had not increased while on the other side the demand of foodgrains had increased due to rising population.
In such a situation, the farmers should pay special attention for maintaining the fertility of land.
The same could only be achieved through the use of Gypsum and Dhaincha as green manure, he added.
He said the state government was providing Gypsum at 50 per cent subsidised rates and the seeds of Dhaincha free of cost.
Stressing on the conservation of water, he said, ''The excessive use of water is one of the reasons for declining water table and this decline is high in the paddy growing areas.'' To solve this problem, he urged the scientists to develop varieties which is less water consuming and also advised the farmers to delay sowing of their paddy crop by 15 days.
Mr Chatha said the farmers should also adopt dairy and poultry farming and cultivation of fruits, vegetables and flowers along with the cultivation of traditional crops.
Describing about the theme of the Mela ''High Production on Low Cost'', he said the farmers should adopt such techniques in cultivation of crops with the advice of agricultural experts so that they get maximum profit at low cost.
He lauded the efforts of the University for its research and advisory work for which it had made an identity of its own worldwide.