Rs. 20 lacs released for 4 vegetable clusters

Rs. 20 lacs released for 4 vegetable clusters

200 kanals of tomato village adopted by agriculture department

SRINAGAR: To review the state/centrally sponsored schemes 2017-18 and implementation of special projects a meeting was chaired by Director Agriculture, Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Saturday. According to an official press note issued here, director agriculture evaluated various schemes, district wise and focus was given on implementation of special projects of chief minister of J&K. While addressing the meeting he asked that there will be transparent mode of allotment of funds under all state/central schemes and emphasized upon officers for judicious use of funds allotted under various schemes on the ground level.
Altaf Aijaz Andrabi highlighted initiatives under vegetable cluster programmes taken in districts Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag and Pulwama, wherein Rs 5 lacs have been released to each cluster, respectively. He asked officers to book the expenditure within seven working days under all activities.
All the chief agriculture officers were instructed to identify at least one block in their respective districts which is adversely affected by the climate change so that the same can be bought under the Climate Resilient Aggregation Project, which will reduce the adverse affects of climate change. Meanwhile, in district Budgam 25 villages have been indentified for climate resilient change wherein baseline survey is under process.
All the officers informed the Director that the geo-tagging of the assets is about to complete in all the districts. Director emphasised to speed-up the progress on Soil Health Cards for 100% achievement as the deadline has been marked for August 8 to upload the information on the web portal.
Director agriculture further emphasised upon the officers to take necessary steps for revival of sick vermi compost units in their respective districts to give boost to organic farming. He instructed that there should be cent percent coverage under Kisan Credit Cards and every farmer must be covered under the scheme.
He asked officers to reach to the grass root level and gear up the field functionaries so that benefit of all the schemes reaches to the farmer which in turn can increase the production and productivity and raise the economical standard of farming community.
According to the press note, CAO Kupwara said 200 kanals of Hachimarg village has been adopted under tomato cultivation, wherein latest technology is being transmitted and controlled vegetable cultivation under will be taken in hand to give boost to the economic standards of the native farmers. During the previous meeting Principal Secretary Agriculture Production Department Sundeep Kumar Nayak had urged for the development of the village on modern trends, it added.
In Kupwara district, Chief Minister’s Apiculture Development Project which amounts Rs 5 crores is underway which has huge potential to give boost to honey production across the district. In this project Rs 5 lacs have been released and various activities are in progress, the press note further read.
Status of various crops like paddy, maize, vegetables and pulses is satisfactory and the paddy blast is under control, it said.
In the meeting the progress of Vegetable Seed Multiplication Farms, Agrostology farms, Apiculture Development scheme, Floriculture Development scheme and other schemes were discussed and instructions were given for time bound achievements under all schemes.

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