Trial run at Spice Park starts today
SRINAGAR: The government is intending to extend the National Mission on Saffron (NMS) for next five years, so that all the pending activities are completed and the saffron growers ‘harvest’ the benefit of the mission for the decades to come. This was informed by Principal Secretary to Government, Agriculture Production Department (APD) J&K State, Sandeep Kumar Nayak who convened a meeting of agriculture officers in Civil Secretariat Srinagar on Thursday, an official handout read.
According to the handout, the meeting will continue for three days in which all the districts of Kashmir division will participate. In the first meeting held on Thursday Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts participated and reviewed their agricultural activities.
Besides the principal secretary APD, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Research SKUAST-K M Y Zargar, saffron expert F A Nehvi, and Superintending Engineer (Mechanical) Kashmir Mushtaq Hussain Jan, Chief Agriculture officers of all the concerned districts and district officers were present in the meeting. Sandeep Kumar Nayak asserted that the Chief Minister of the State Mehbooba Mufti would plead for the extension of NMS before the Prime Minister of India soon.
He directed mechanical division to “intensify the irrigation system in saffron areas”. The status of irrigation system as on date was discussed threadbare.
Sandeep Kumar announced that the trial run of Spice Park at Dussoo Pampore will start from today November under the technical supervision of Firdous Ahmed Nehvi.
He stressed upon all the officers to “work effectively on RKVY (Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana) schemes as the Government of India is making changes in the scheme” and modifications are to boost the status of farmer. He urged the need to implement Mufti Mohammed Syed Programme in letter and spirit for the benefit of farming community.
Sandeep Kumar asked the chief agriculture officers to cultivate exotic vegetables in their areas directing them to expand the area under vegetable cultivation, bee keeping and other activities.
The participants hailed the work done by agriculture extensions assistants in their respective districts, the handout added.