Explore full potential in apiculture: Dir Agri

Explore full potential in apiculture: Dir Agri
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Hachimarg village yields 400 quintals approx. of tomato
KUPWARA: Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Saturday chaired a meeting of agriculture officers in Kupwara district at Environmental Hall Handwara and stressed on bringing more areas of the district under double cropping to increase yield and improve economic conditions of farmers.
Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Kupwara, district officers, sub divisional officers, agriculture extension officers, Junior Agriculture Extension Officers (JAEOs) and Village Agricultural Extension Assistants (VAEAs) attended the meeting, an official handout issued here read.
According to the handout, Director Agriculture, Kashmir impressed on the officers to “increase the cropping intensity in the district” while emphasizing on bringing more and more area under “double cropping”.
He reviewed sub-division wise working and schemes of Kupwara and had interactive session with the field functionaries of the department. He impressed on VAEAs to “reach out to farmers and work professionally so that the visible impact of ‘transfer of technology’ is noticed in the fields”.
According to the press note, the director enquired about the impact of awareness programmes held during the current cropping season. He instructed for prophylactic measures to be taken for Mushkbudji trials laid in Zachaldara zone as the variety is highly susceptible to rice blast.
Andrabi insisted for “exploring the full potential in apiculture sector”. 460 colonies were maintained in the district for the current year and a good yield was expected for the session, read the press note.
Geo tagging of each activity under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) would be completed within a couple of days for Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), informed the official handout. The director further instructed for cent percent achievement of Kisan Credit Card (KCC).
On-spot committees were framed to see the impact of various agriculture schemes and extension activities in the field and stress was laid to review the sick compost units in the district, read the document.
As per the handout, CAO Kupwara, Farooq Ahmad Tantray delivered a power point presentation of the various schemes and profile of Kupwara district, highlighting the district’s net sown area of 39100 hectares and average holding size is 0.5 kanals.
“Having 0.1695 lakh hectares under paddy and 0.1590 lakh hectares under maize having productivity of 40-45 quintals in paddy and 8-20 quintals in maize,” read the press note.
In his presentation Tantray further said, “180.10 hectares of area has been brought under seed village programme Kharief 2017 of paddy K448, SR1, SR3 and K 332 varieties covering 13 seed villages in district Kupwara.”
“In Hachimarg village 150 kanals of land is totally under tomato and cucumber cultivation and approximately, more than 400 quintals of tomato are produced and revenue of more than 10 lakhs is generated annually,” asserted CAO Kupwara.

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