SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, on Thursday inaugurated technologically-driven harvesting of paddy crop through High-Tech Combine Harverster and Thresher at Seed Multiplication Farm (SMF), Padgampora in district Pulwama.
Speaking on the occasion, Hanjura asked the agriculture experts to cultivate hi-yielding seeds for better and quality produce. He said the quality seed “is must for increasing the growth of agriculture crops to make the state self-sufficient”.
The minister inspected various hi-yielding crop demonstration plots at the SMF, directing the concerned functionaries to provide the latest agri-technical knowhow to the farmers by organising awareness camps at block levels.
He instructed the authorities to keep hi-yielding rabbi seeds available at all agriculture stores for convenience of the farmers.
“Availability of hi-yielding seeds and quality chemical fertilisers are essential for better produce,” Hanjura said, and asked agriculture functionaries to pay “focused attention” to ensuring availability of best seeds to the farmers.
Director Agriculture Kashmir apprised the minister that Padgampora Agriculture Farm is a SMF of paddy and maize spread over 338 hectares with cultivable area of 240 hectares.
He informed that 331 kanals of area are under paddy crop including varieties like K-448 and SR-I, and that a bumper yield of 600-700 quintals of paddy foundation seed is expected to be harvested from 331 kanals of land.
The minister also inspected the ongoing processing, bagging, tagging, and labeling of Rabi seeds like oats, oilseeds, and wheat.
The farm produce and seeds procured from seed villages is dumped at the SMF. After processing, labeling, bagging, tagging, the certified seeds are sent to all districts for distribution among the farmers on subsidised rates.
The minister was apprised that 236.76 quintals of oilseed, 224 quintals of oats, and 181.25 quintals of wheat seeds have been dumped at the SMF so for, while 100 quintals of oilseeds 126 quintals of oats, 50 quintals of wheat seeds has been processed and are ready for dispatch.