Chandigarh, Aug 10–Haryana is expected to soon get Rs 600 crore from the Rs 5,000-crore irrigation efficiency fund set up by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for promoting micro irrigation, for which a detailed project report has been prepared. Haryana might be first state in the country to get such assistance. 

        Besides, the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has selected Faridabad for peri-urban horticulture development with an allocation of about Rs 4 crore.
        This was disclosed by the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr. O.P. Dhankar, while addressing a meeting of Additional Deputy Commissioners, Deputy Directors of Agriculture and District Horticultural Officers through video-conferencing, here today.

           Mr Dhankar directed officers to immediately organise special camps along with representatives of insurance companies for disposing of pending disputes regarding premium instalments under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). 
         The state government is taking various initiatives to make agriculture risk-free. About 75 per cent of farmers in the state are availing themselves of the benefits of the PMFBY. Haryana offers higher compensation as compared to the neighbouring states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. 
        Mr Dhankar said work was underway on schemes to promote peri-urban agriculture and bring 25 per cent of about 90 lakh acres in the state under horticulture. He urged farmers to sell their produce by creating brands, for which agro-business school is being established. 

        He also urged officers to create awareness among the farmers about agriculture-related central, centrally-sponsored and state schemes so that they may benefit from them. Kisan Melas would be organised in the state from August 15 onwards.
        The Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, gave information regarding various schemes being implemented by the department.