BARAMULLA: The Agriculture Department has provided 3000 quintals of paddy seed and 1100 quintals of hybrid maize to farmers in Baramulla at subsidized rates to achieve the necessary seed replacements ratio for these crops.
The department has also spent Rs two crore in district Baramulla for enhancing the production and productivity of various crops during the last fiscal.
This amount has been spent under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes like RKVY, Vegetable Initiative, Horticulture Mission and ATMA under District Plan.
This was revealed at a review meeting held on Saturday under the chairmanship of Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mushtaq Peerzada.
The meeting was informed that 3000 quintals of paddy seed and 1100 quintals of hybrid maize were supplied to the farmers at subsidized rates to achieve the seed replacement rate of 33 percent in paddy and 25 percent in maize.
In addition, hybrid seeds worth Rs 20 lakh were also distributed among the vegetable growers of the District on 90 per cent subsidy. The meeting was informed that during the year 2013-14, seven tractors, 51 tillers, 190 irrigation pump sets, 60 tool kits, 32 power sprayers, 51 tool sprayers, 60 poly house structures, 100 Vermi-compost units, 12 motorized carts and 50 manually operated carts were distributed among farmers.
Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir laid foundation stone of 1000 MT capacity seed storage building at Peth Seer, Sopore. The project is coming up at a cost of Rs 38 lakh to strengthening the seed infrastructure facilities in the district.
Among others Joint Directors Inputs and Extension, District and Sub Divisional officers of the department were also present in the meeting.