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Haryana: Farmers turning to fish farming using barren, saline land in Sirsa October 04,2021   |  Source: The Hindustan Times

Saline land and saline water, which is considered a curse for agriculture, is proving to be a boon for farmers of Sirsa district in Haryana, officials said on Saturday. There is a lot of land in Haryana, which was often left barren due to rise in saline water level, but farmers have started earning more money by doing business of shrimp fisheries through crop diversification as compared to what they used to earn from other crops, state agriculture minister JP Dalal said. Fish farming is now being done in 785 acre land in Haryana, of which 400 acre is in Sirsa, he said. Sirsa adjoining the border of Rajasthan and Punjab at the last end of Haryana has the highest number of cultivators in state. In Sirsa, farmers have mainly been cultivating narma, cotton, guar, paddy and wheat since the beginning. Due to adoption of traditional farming, where groundwater went down considerably in some places, thousands of acres became saline, while the water level came up farmers’ production stopped on such land.

The economic condition of the farmers was also disturbed due to non-fertility of the land. Keeping in view the condition of farmers, the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana was implemented to promote the Blue Revolution, Dalal said. Farmers of Sirsa took up this scheme and it is

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