Agri dept re-establishing its flood-hit testing labs

Agri dept re-establishing its flood-hit testing labs

Srinagar: The Agriculture department is re-establishing its fertilizer, pesticide and soil testing laboratories that had been damaged by the floods last year.
Informing this during a meeting with Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon the officials said that GoI has specially released Rs 150 lakhs and the department is re-established its testing facilities while the repairs and renovation of damaged buildings have been taken up and is in progress.
Samoon also reviewed the progress of the implementation of various schemes in Kashmir Division.
He was informed that so far about Rs 34 crores have been spent in the State under RKVY and its sub schemes during the current financial year.
He also took stock of the availability of fertilizer, pesticides, tree spray oil and seeds and planting material during the meeting.
The meeting was attended among others by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Director Sericulture, Director Floriculture, Director Horticulture, Director Research SKUAST-Kashmir and other Divisional Level officers of Agriculture and allied departments.
Director Agriculture informed the Commissioner that so far 2500 MT of various kinds of fertilizer have been supplied by various companies in the Valley, whereas 3800 MT are in transit and are being imported to Valley within this month.
He was told that as of now 900 lakh liters of spray oil, 90 MT of pesticides and 17230 liters of insecticides have been brought in the Valley and the same is available for the orchardists.
The Director Agriculture informed the Agriculture Production Commissioner that sufficient quantity of hybrid and open pollinated seed of various crops is being made available to the farmers on subsidized rates during the ensuing kharif season.
The Commissioner also took stock of the rebuilding and re-establishing of the flood damaged infrastructure.

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