Valley farmers get more subsidy on seeds: Admin

SRINAGAR: The government Tuesday said the famers in Kashmir Valley were provided Rs 9 lakh more as subsidy on pea seeds in comparison to the growers from Jammu division.
The information was given to the Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon during a meeting held to review supply of the pea seeds to the farmers, an official handout issued here said.
Director Agriculture informed the Commissioner that during current the Rabi Season 14, 267 quintals of various seeds were provided to the farmers by the department, it said.
“The seed was procured from NSC to ensure its quality. In view of the damage caused to crops due to floods of September 2014, subsidy was given to the farmers on oats seed at 33%, Oilseed at 50%, and Peas Rachna at 20%,” he was quoted in the statement as saying.
The meeting was informed that subsidy of Rs 3.3 lakhs was given to farmers in Jammu while as in the Valley a subsidy of Rs 12.35 Lakhs was provided to the famers, it said.
“Rs 9 lakh more subsidy (was) provided in Kashmir division as compared to Jammu,” it added.
The meeting was informed that farmers were provided 9553 quintals of oats seed, 2850 quintals of pea arkle, 590 quintals of wheat and 325 quintals of oilseeds, costing Rs 780 crore and a subsidy of Rs 2 crore during the current Rabi season, it said.
The Director informed during Kharief 2014 and Rabi 2014-15 total seed costing Rs 1403 lakhs was provided to farmers giving a total subsidy of Rs 625 lakhs, it added.