Sh. Narendra Modi

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India

Sh. Manohar Lal

Hon'ble Chief Minister, Haryana

Sh. Om Prakash Dhankar

Hon'ble Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Haryana


To save water for our future generations, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Haryana is planning to launch a new pilot scheme. The scheme is for replacement of Paddy by Maize and other crops in 7 dark zone blocks with a target to diversify around 50000 Hectare area from this season. Due to continuous Paddy growing in the State about 1 mtr. water table is depleting per year. Crop diversification through the above scheme is intended to promote technological innovation with sustainable agriculture and enable farmers to choose crop alternatives for increasing productivity and income.

The root causes of this over-exploitation of water are because of the following:-
  • A continuous cultivation of water guzzling crops in rice wheat cropping system.
  • Ground water withdrawal has outpaced its recharge that take place from annual precipitation.
  • The method of irrigation in the rice and wheat crops results in excess watering and wastage of water.

"Scheme is intended to preserve nature, soil & water and promote sustainable farming."


  • To reduce the area of water guzzling crops in Haryana
  • Induction of technological innovation for establishing alternate crops for sustainable agriculture.
  • To introduce Resource conservation,
  • To restore ground water table
  • To control soil fatigue because of rice-wheat cycle and introduce soil conservative and micronutrients balanced crop for the soil.
  • To shift the farmer from paddy wheat cycle and give more profitable crop options to the farmers
  • Ensure purchase of produce of this diversified area through MSP and also give farmer input support and cover his risk by insuring them completely under PMFBY by paying their insurance premium by the Government with an overall objective of increasing farmers’ income which will step forward in achieving ‘doubling of farmers’ income goal".

  • Proposed Diversification Under This Scheme

Extent Of The Scheme

The scheme envisages diversification of 50000 Hectare area of Non Basmati area into primarily Maize and other crops. This Pilot Scheme is applicable in already identified 7 Blocks in various districts.

The following blocks have been identified for implementation of Crop Diversification Scheme.

Sr. No. Name of the District Name of the Block Average Cultivated Area under Paddy Target Area under cultivation of Non-Basmati Rice for the adoption of new scheme
1 Karnal Asandh 44500 12000
2 Kaithal Pundri 40000 11000
3 Jind Narwana 34907 7000
4 Kurukshetra Thanesar 18200 7000
5 Ambala Ambala-I 25212 8000
6 Yamunanagar Radour 14000 2500
7 Sonipat Gannaur 18538 2500
Total 195357* 50000

* Approximate 45% of this area around 87900 Hectare is non-basmati.

The area under diversification will be taken where non Basmati paddy is in practice of cultivation. Total area under paddy cultivation in these seven blocks is around 195357 Hectare. So, the total area under Non Basmati rice in these blocks is 87900 Hectare. It is expected that about 50000 Hectare will come under the proposed scheme of diversification.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any farmer cultivating rice in these target blocks for at least last 3 years verified by the Girdawari report.
  • Register online from 25th May on the portal.
  • The Revenue Department shall verify the data of the applicant farmers.

Incentives Provided By The Government

  • Rs 2000/- per acre for the farmer.
  • High quality and high yield hybrid seed will be provided to these selected farmers on HSDC counters free of cost.
  • The selected farmers will be covered by State Government by paying the farmer’s premium share also for Maize Crop under PMFBY.
  • The produce of these farmers will be purchased by the state Government at MSP.

Mechanism To Implement This Scheme

  • Farmers will upload the data on the portal provided for the purpose. This data will be verified jointly by the Revenue and Agriculture Department which will entitle them for benefits under the Scheme as stated above.
  • The amount Rs. 2000/acre will be transferred into account of farmer in two phases i.e. Rs. 200/- at the time of registration and the balance Rs. 1800/- after verification of sowing data within two months.

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