‘Farmers must organize to get marketing sops’

SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura  has called for organizing of Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Farmers Interest Groups (FIGs) under National Vegetable Initiative under Urban Clusters (NVIUC) Programme in Udhampur villages to facilitate the easy marketing of their produce.
The Ministers took stock of crop and vegetable damages in the area. The Ministers also inspected Cocoon Seed Rearing Centre, Sial Sallan and Cocoon Warehouse Chery Udhampur.
The farmers apprised him about their problems. The Ministers gave them patient hearing and assured them that every possible help will be provided by the Government to mitigate the farmer’s problems. They said the directions have already been given to the Revenue and Agriculture Departments to constitute joint teams to assess the damages to standing crops, vegetables, pulses, oilseeds and other field crops caused due to recent heavy rains. They said the instructions were also given to them to submit their detailed reports to their concerned quarters so that compensation is given to the affected farmers well in time.
At Bust village, farmers demanded availability of seeds in the area as the agricultural land of the area has a huge potential for vegetable production. Hanjura directed the Agriculture Department to ensure availability of quality and hybrid seeds in the area to maximize production. He asked them any lapses in this regard will not be tolerated.
The officers of Department of Agriculture briefed the Ministers about their activities. They were informed that in district Udhampur 7713.95 quintals of high yielding seeds against the target of 7474 quintals and 4343 quintals of fertilizers have been distributed among the farmers with the area coverage of 75500 hectares under various crops during the year 2014-15.