NewZNew (S A S Nagar) : Chief Parliamentary Secretary Industries and Commerce Mr. N.K. Sharma today describing live stock sector one of the major contributor to state’s economy gave a clarion call to farming community to opt allied sectors of farming to give fillip to their income since the allied farming sector has great potential and strong economic development.
While inaugurating two day district level Live Stock Championship and Milking completion at historic village Chapparchirri here said that these championships were aimed at increasing income of farming fraternity by educating them about immense benefits from various allied sectors of farming. He also asked the farming community to opt allied activities like piggery, dairy, poultry, animal husbandry etc to increase their income. He said that these livestock championships and milking competitions were need of the hour to bring out farming community from the vicious cycle of wheat and paddy.
He also informed that Punjab is going to host Progressive Punjab National Live Stock Expo and Championship-2016 at Muktsar, which will witness interaction of livestock from state with the farmers of other states. He also said that besides championship experts from various fields would also deliver speeches to educate farmers toward allied sectors.
Talking about the food processing sector, Mr. Sharma said that Punjab government was fully committed to expand this sector in the state for the overall development of farmers involved in allied sectors. He said that ITC is being installed a food processing plant at Kapurthala with an investment of Rs. 1400 crore while recently during Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 57 MoUs have been signed for food processing sectors.
Mr. Sharma along with dignitaries present on the occasion also took a round of stalls besides visiting the exhibitions of various departments. Vice Chairman of Punjab Infotech Mr. Khushwant Rai Giga also spoke on the occasion. He said that such exercises will prove a boon for the farming as well as cattle rearer community. Earlier, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma also detailed the schedule of the championship and milking competition.
It was also informed that Lok Sabha Member Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra will honour the winners of competitions tomorrow on Saturday.
During first day competitions Billy of Pawandeep of village Khaspur secured first position while the buck of Binder Singh from Dappar village stood second.