January 24, 2013

Rewari: In a first endeavour aimed at educating the farmers' community, Haryana has launched a 12-day train tour for its progressive farmers who will visit a number of places across the country.

The special train "Haryana Mandi Kisan - Bharat Darshan", carrying 400 progressive farmers from the state, was flagged off by state Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda from Delhi Cantt Railway Station in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The train will stop at Jaipur for the first night halt and will later travel to Ujjain, Dwarka and Aurangabad and will reach Nasik Road on January 4. The return journey will start on January 5 and will pass through Jaipur, Rewari, Delhi and Ambala, before reaching Chandigarh on January 6.

Hooda said the tour has been conducted for farmers for the first time in the country and they will interact with traders and farmers and discuss with them the status of agricultural produce and market prices.

This way, he said, farmers will get the knowledge as to which place needs what produce more than others. They will make their contacts in markets at such places to sell their produce in future and get better prices, the Chief Minister said.

A spokesman of the Haryana Agriculture Marketing Board said for the purpose of purchasing farmers' produce, 100 collection centres will be established in the state, particularly for their perishable products.

After purchasing the produce, they will be kept in cold stores, which will lessen the loss of farmers and increase their income, he said. This educational venture has been planned for the benefit of farmers for the first time in the country, he added.

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