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Badal visits Jakhar’s farms

Badal visits Jakhar’s farms

Raj Sadosh

Abohar, November 25

Former Chief Minister and SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal today visited Jakhar family’s fruit farms in Maujgarh village on the Sriganganagar highway. None of the political activists on either side was informed about the visit.

The former CM interacted for about an hour with Jakhar family’s third generation leader Ajay Veer Jakhar, chairman of Punjab Farmers Commission, and latter’s son Jai Veer Jakhar at Jakhar fruit farms. The duo escorted the guest to the farmers’ first nursery that was initially planned and developed by Surinder Jakhar, three-time chairman of IFFCO. Ajay carries his late uncle’s legacy and has modernised it as greenhouse that produces export quality seeds and plants.

Badal also visited fruit grading and waxing plant near the farms and shared information with Ajay about the latest technologies. Ajay Veer told the senior Badal about the steps that Punjab Farmers Commission had taken to motivate farmers to minimise use of insecticides and chemical fertilisers that had reportedly proved harmful for cereal and fruit produce. He reportedly explained his roadmap to promote diversification in farming and results of new crops that were under trial at farms in Maujgarh and Panjkosi villages. He also sought guidance from the former CM to lead farmers to prosperity. Not a single word on prevailing political situation was exchanged, family sources said.

“I had heard a lot from some progressive farmers and scientists about the family’s well-maintained fruit farms, modern fruit grading plant and nursery in Maujgarh and decided to visit the same after a long time,” Badal said.

Notably, Parkash Singh Badal and late Balram Jakhar were students of Forman Christian College, an independent research liberal arts university located in Lahore, West Punjab.

Both completed graduation in pre-Independence days. After Independence, they had been visiting Lyallpur Fruit Farms and Nursery founded in Sriganganagar by Kartar Singh Narula, the first recipient of Krishi Pandit award. “We (Jakhar and Badal) started developing citrus and kinnow orchard in the same year by arranging plants from Sriganganagar,” late Balram Jakhar had said in an interview.

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