- Plans to double farmers income by 2022
- National Horticulture Board to establish Saffron Park at Kishtwar
SRINAGAR: Stressing the integration of farming activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in Government of India, Radha Mohan Singh, on Tuesday said that farmers in Kashmir avail the benefits of government schemes to double their output.
Inaugurating the ‘Kisan Mela’ at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Agricultural Sciences Kashmir (SKUAST-K), Shalimar campus, Singh said farmers have been benefitting from a number of schemes related to agriculture from New Delhi in order to increase production.
“We should follow integrated approach to maximize the production and for optimum use of available resources. J&K is an agricultural state and it has huge potential to grow immensely by availing benefits under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) and micro irrigation scheme – Prime Minister’s Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY),” Singh said.
He said that integrated farming would go a long way in increasing the income of farming community. He called for organizing more such melas across Jammu and Kashmir to acquaint the farmers about the latest techniques being used in farming sector.
Referring to the decision taken by the National Horticulture Board to establish a Saffron Park at Pampore, the Union Minister said a saffron park would also be established at Kishtwar which will be equipped with quality testing lab, export based activities and e-auction facility centre.
“Government has announced package of Rs 500 crore for restoration of damaged Horticulture sector for which J&K govt has submitted its plan for 2016-19. He said under Prime Minister’s special package high density plantation material and Jafari system is recommended which will help the state in increasing apple production,” he said.
He said that the government has started e-NAAM scheme to provide nationwide and transparent marketing system in the country, adding that 585 mandies would be linked up to 2018 through this system.
Agricultural minister, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, addressing the farmers who had come to the event from all the districts of J&K, said that government in Jammu & Kashmir and in New Delhi is committed to develop agricultural sector and number of initiatives are being taken for the farming community.
Vice-chancellor SKUAST-K, Nazeer Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader that the intention behind organizing the mela was to give a message to farmers that they should follow expert advice to bring innovation in the traditional farming.
“Innovations have brought revolutions in agricultural sector in developing nations. But here, we have seen farmers usually don’t come forward to seek guidance in new farming techniques. To overcome that challenge, we invite farmers to these events and many of our scientists visit the villages to aware the farmers about new techniques. To good extent, we have been successful in our efforts,” he said.
The speakers also stressed on introduction of organic farming in Kashmir, which is emerging as the best alternative to fruits and vegetables flooded with chemical substances.
The mela with the theme “Doubling Farmers’ income by 2022” was organized by the SKUAST-K in collaboration with J&K’s Department of Agriculture and sponsored by DAC&FW, ICAR, J&K Self-Reliant Central Level Co-op Association and J&K Pesticide Distribution and Dealers Association.
Minister for Animal & Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli, Minister of State for Agriculture Sunil Kumar Sharma, Member Parliament Shamsher Singh Manhas, VC Kisan Advisory Board Daljit Singh Chib, MLA Mohammad Ashraf Mir, VC, MSME and Zonal Member, Khadi Village Industrial Commission (KVIC) North Zone Hina Shafi Bhat, besides officers from New Delhi and J&K’s Agriculture Department, ICAR scientists, faculty, students and large number of farmers were present on the occasion.
They also called for organizing such melas to make farmers aware of the latest technology in farming and its use for boosting crop production, besides increasing production in live-stock, milk and mutton.