SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Thursday called for immediate assessment of the damage caused to standing apricot crop by unseasonal snowfall in Ladakh’s Kargil district.
An official handout issued here said the CM issued immediate directions to the Relief and Rehabilitation Department to start assessment of damages caused to standing apricot fruit to have the affected farmers are “adequately compensated”.
Kargil town has witnessed unseasonal snowfall, which severely affected the apricot crop in the district.
“As a follow up on the CM’s direction, Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari, has directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Gazzanfar Hussain, to get the assessment of the losses suffered by the fruit growers of Kargil completed expeditiously,” the release said.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, took stock of damages caused to standing crops of wheat, vegetables, oilseeds, and pulses due to the recent unseasonal rains and flashfloods in Reasi district of Jammu division, a release issued separately said.
During his maiden visit to the district, he reviewed the progress on various Agriculture and Sericulture-oriented schemes at Patta, Talwara, Marhi, Kanha, Kund Khilarian and Sudheen panchyats of Reasi.
Addressing a gathering of sarpanchs, panchs and Progressive Farmers at Kanha (Pouni), Hanjura said the PDP-BJP coalition “is committed to streamline the system for providing the benefits of various schemes to the beneficiaries”.
He said special thrust was being given to development of agriculture through “effective implementation” of various schemes to raise people’s living standard.
The Minister directed the field functionaries of the Agriculture Department to organise awareness camps about various ongoing activities and programmes.
The purpose of his visit, he said, was “to have an on spot assessment of the extent of damage to the crops and of losses suffered by the farmers”.
“All-out efforts will be made to mitigate the problems of the farmers,” he said.
The Minister also distributed cheques to the farmers for the construction of Silkworm Rearing House under Catalytic Development Programme of the Sericulture Development Department.
In Jammu’s Udhampur district, a joint meeting of officers and field functionaries of Revenue and Agriculture Departments was held to chalk out a strategy for assessment of the losses suffered by the farmers of the district due to unseasonal rains, a release issued here said.
It said the meeting laid stress upon all field functionaries for “strict compliance” to standing orders and circulars related to Girdawari while a joint team of concerned JAEO’s and Patwaris was constituted to visit the spots after enabling the people to know in advance about the visits.
Field officials of both the departments were also instructed to carry out Crop Cut Experiment strictly in compliance with instructions issued in this regard, it said.