Delhi promises ‘all possible help’ for JK’s weather-hit farmers

SRINAGAR: Agriculture Ministry of India Tuesday promised “all possible assistance” to Jammu and Kashmir for relief of the weather-hit farmers.
The state’s Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, met with Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, at New Delhi to discuss various schemes and specialized projects of the agriculture sector.
The issue of crop damages due to recent unseasonal heavy rains and hailstorms also came up during the discussion, with the Union Minister assuring that “the Government of India will provide all possible assistance to the state government for relief and compensation to the affected farmers as per revised National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) norms”.
The ministers interacted on different components and missions of agriculture under implementation in Jammu and Kashmir including Sub-Mission on Seeds & Planting Materials (SMSP), Sub-Mission on Agriculture Mechanization (SMAM), Purchase of Specialized Transport Vehicles, Special Projects for creation of irrigation facilities, and enhancement of allocation under National Food Security Mission (NFSM).
The huge potential of and demand for bore-wells, Water Harvesting Tanks, Shallow Bore-wells, Community Bore-wells and Micro-Irrigation Projects for creation of irrigation infrastructure in the state also came up during the discussions.
The special projects for formation of Farmers Producer Organization (FPOs) and Biogas Units with improvised digesters already stand submitted to the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
The Union Agriculture Minister assured that the maximum possible allocation will be made under various projects of Centrally-Sponsored Schemes (CSS) for the benefit of the farmers of the state.