SRINAGAR: To boost productivity in agriculture and other allied sectors, Governor NN Vohra directed officials today to enforce strict check on sale of spurious fertilizers and chemicals to farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The enforcement wings of the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and other allied departments should work closely and keep effective check to ensure against spurious fertilizers and chemicals being sold to the farmers. The enforcement wings shall be held responsible if there is any default,” Vohra observed during a Review Meeting with Advisor Khurshid Ganai and vice-chancellors of SKUAST-K, University of Kashmir, SKUAST-Jammu and IUST besides Commissioner Agriculture, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and others at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences-Kashmir Shalimar Campus.
The Governor asked Advisor Ganai to take urgent action for SKUAST-K being able to energize its Testing Laboratory for prompt testing of fertilizers, pesticides, oils etc. He directed Divisional Commissioner Samoon to mobilize all concerned officers and become responsible for this important task.
The Governor observed that the Agriculture Department must make sure that the farmers and fruit growers across the State get hassle-free services and keep close check on the rates, quality and availability of the inputs required by the agriculture and horticulture sectors.
The meeting was informed that ‘Tree Spray Oil’ has been distributed at all the district headquarters after Advisor Ganai took a meeting with the supplying Oil companies. The Governor asked the Divisional Commissioner to notify the authorized rate for the tree spray oil distributed by the various dealers across the State.
Regarding the soil and pesticide testing facilities the Governor asked Advisor Ganai to see that the required funds were immediately released to make the SKUAST-K Laboratory fully functional within the next few days. He also advised the Vice-Chancellor and the Agriculture Department to encourage and enable establishment of Laboratories at various places in the Valley.
“Why should a farmer from Kupwara visit SKUAST-K Srinagar campus for testing of soil or any other sample?” he asked.
The Governor stressed the importance of high density apple plant nurseries being set up in the Valley to enable increase of horticulture produce and uplift of the State economy. He also called for planned initiatives for creating awareness about various schemes and latest techniques in agriculture and horticulture sectors.