BUDGAM: Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Hassan Mir has said that the Agriculture Department is playing a vital role in changing the socio-economic condition of the farming community of the state, adding that by providing latest technological advances to the farming community at their doorsteps, which has led to increase in the production of crops since last several years.
The minister said this while speaking after inaugurating of Mega Kissan Mela-cum-Exhibition organized by Department of Agriculture, Kashmir division here at Behisht-zehra Tuesday. A large number of progressive farmers from Budgam, Khansahib, Beerwa and Khag blocks attended the Mela.
He said 2014 has been declared as marketing year for organic farming products by the agriculture department.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Agriculture, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, who was also present on the occasion, said that Jammu and Kashmir is a food deficit state and our mission is to involve more and more people in agricultural activities, which will not only provide employment opportunities to the un-employed youth but by increasing production and productivity of crops in the fields shall make the state a self-reliant in food grains.
The Director Agriculture, Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad while giving details of some major achievements the Director said that under centrally sponsored scheme Rashteriya Krishi Vikas Youjna (RKVY) an amount of Rs 74.083 lakh have been provided to the 334 beneficiaries of the district during this Kharief season.
He said under Technology Mission programme an amount of Rs 14.51 lakh were provided to 125 beneficiaries, Rs 6.30 lakh to 92 beneficiaries under ATMA, Rs 6.09 lacs to 26 beneficiaries under ASOPOM while as Rs 826.72 lakh to 3235 beneficiaries under National Mission on Saffron were provided to the farmers in district Budgam.
Earlier, the ministers inspected various stalls set up by the various wings of the Agriculture Department where seeds and Agri equipment’s were kept available for the farmers.
Besides a large number of farmers, panchs, sarpanchs , senior officers of the department and officers from district administration were present.