Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will inaugurate the agriculture research and training centre in Palwal on Friday. The centre, spread in six acres with a cost of ₹10 crore, is developed by the Dhanuka Agritech — one of the leading agro-chemical companies in the country.
Dhanuka Group Chairman Ram Gopal Aggrawal told National Chronicle that the initiative is aimed to make India an agriculture research hub for the world. “With 100 training halls and 11 laboratories, we’ll provide farmers with the knowledge and skills they require to increase their earnings because when he (farmer) will grow, the country will grow.”
At the centre, scientists and researchers will conduct various types of tests including soil test, water test, seed testing etc. for the farmers. They will tell farmers what kind of treatment their land need to produce more and more crop, the Chairman said, adding that farmers will also be encouraged to adopt the latest technology as this is the only way to grow faster.
Aggrawal further said that the government has done a lot in the field of agriculture but there is a need to do more. “If we talk about the cost of research and development of a pesticide is around ₹100 crore that takes 10 to 12 years to be completed. Here in this centre, we’ll also focus on this kind of research for the betterment of crops and farmers,” he added.
When asked that there are other laboratories which also do soil and other tests how would you stand different, Aggrawal replied that it depends on quality, if we’ll give better results then farmers will automatically turn to us.
Talking about the advantages of this centre, the Chairman said that farmers who will adopt the new technology from here will be able to produce more quantity of crops along with quality production that will by default turn into monetary benefits for them. Along with providing training to farmers, if anybody feels that his problem is not being solved then our scientists will personally visit his field and help him out in all possible ways.
Replying to a query that whether this training and assistance will be free of cost service for the farmers or not, he said that initially, we’ll not charge any amount. But with time, when the farmer himself will observe that his income has increased then we’ll ask for a nominal charge and I’m sure that he would also not hesitate to pay us that.
At the inauguration function, along with CM Khattar, Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar, Haryana Agriculture Minister J.P. Dalal, Palwal MLA Deepak Mangla, Vice Chancellor of Haryana Agriculture University B.R. Kamboj and Vice Chancellor of Maharana Pratap Horticulture University Samar Singh will also be present.