Govt approves Rs 152.29-cr financial outlay for agriculture

SRINAGAR: The State Level Sanctioning Committee of RKVY, headed by Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, Friday approved the financial outlay of Rs 62.29 crore under its normal component and Rs 90 crore under the National Mission on Saffron for the year 2015-16.
RKVY was launched in J&K in the year 2008-09 and has given substantial fillip to Agriculture and allied sectors in the state. So far, Rs 200 crore has been spent up to March 2015 under the scheme.
Under the National Saffron Mission, which was started in 2010-11 as a flagship project, Rs 140.4 crore have been utilised to revive the economic potential of the saffron in the traditional saffron growing belts of the state.
While reviewing the progress achieved under RKVY, Chief Secretary emphasised on further improving the implementation of the scheme across all the sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, sericulture, animal, sheep husbandry, and fisheries.
He stressed on the need for special focus on integrated development of major crops, creation of water resources for irrigation, protective cultivation, farm mechanisation, upgrading and strengthening marketing facilities and promoting best quality goat and sheep.
Chief Secretary also emphasised on expanding the area under horticulture, especially in Jammu region, owing to its great economic potential as witnessed in the various horticulture belts in Kashmir.
While reviewing district-wise progress achieved under RKVY, he urged the concerned officers to ensure that farmers are supported as per the requirements and needs of the area.
He asked the Commissioner Secretary PWD to take up the work on the ropeway project across Chenab River at village Kaban Paddar immediately.
Speaking in the meeting, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production, M A Bukhari, said RKVY intervention has significantly improved the food grain yields of major crops including rice, maize, wheat, and pulses.
He said it helped in enhancing vegetable, honey, mushroom, flower and cocoon production.
“Rs 31.78 crore were expended during 2014-15 under RKVY and its sub-schemes like National Mission on Saffron, Vegetable Initiative for urban clusters and National Mission on Protein Supplements,” he said.