Central scheme for organic farming in Punjab: Minister

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Chandigarh, Mar 13 (UNI) A centrally sponsored scheme for popularising organic farming in Punjab is currently operative in the state and a sum of Rs 15.20 lakh has been alloted for this by the Centre, Agriculture Minister Sucha Singh Langah told the state assembly here today.

Replying to a querry by Ajit Singh Shant (Ind) during question hour, the Minister said that a Model Organic Farm is proposed to be set up at Patiala.

Training camps are being organised to promote organic farming and demonstration plots measuring one to two acres have been set up in the state for this purpose, he added.

Meanwhile Industries Minister Manoranjan Kalia told the assembly that the government proposes to develop an area of 250 square kms in Bathinda for setting up ancillary units. The minister was replying to a question by Ajit Singh Mofar (Cong) who wanted to know whether the government had any proposal for setting up ancillary units to support the proposed oil refinery at Bathinda.

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