JK’s new Agri policy to tackle climate change

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir Government would soon have an agriculture policy aimed at counter the challenges posed by climate change to agricultural productivity.
The final draft of the policy prepared by the experts of SKUAST Jammu was reviewed at a high level meeting on Monday by the Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Hassan Mir along with Minister of State for Sheep, Animal Husbandry and Agriculture, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi.
The new policy envisages measures for meeting the challenges of climatic change affecting the crop cycle and achieving self-sufficiency in food through comprehensive planning and intervention programmes, including soil mapping, seed replacement creation of dependable irrigation infrastructure, technology transfer to the fields.
Terming the framing of the policy as a significant achievement, Mir stressed the need to implement the policy on the ground to benefit farmers and meet the objectives envisaged. He appreciated the experts for putting in best of their efforts to come up with a comprehensive document detailing all the aspects to be included in an effective policy.
The Minister directed the Agriculture Department to identify one village in each block of the state as model to implement the measures suggested in the policy to counter the challenges of climatic change on crop cycle and for achieving better production through other innovative methods suggested by it.
Describing the framing of the policy as a step in right direction, Gurezi also suggested for thorough implementation of the scheme on the ground. He stressed on massive soil testing across the state adding that it would definitely help in curbing the crop loss and increase the yield.
Earlier, the experts of SKUAST Jammu gave a power point presentation on new policy besides State Seed Plan, soil fertility mapping in Kashmir, Resource mapping through Geographic Information System (GIS).
Principal Secretary Planning and Development B. R. Sharma, Principal Secretary Finance B. B. Vyas, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production Dr. Asgar Samoon, Director Agriculture Kashmir Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Agriculture Jammu S. S. Jamwal, Directors of Horticulture Department Kashmir and Jammu, Scientist, Experts and Professors of SKUAST, Jammu and senior officers of Agriculture and Horticulture departments attended the meeting.