‘Government committed to double farmers income by 2022’
SRINAGAR: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Thursday formally launched “Sankalp Se Siddhi” programme in the state.
“Sankalp Se Siddhi” programme initiated by Central Agricultural Ministry is aimed to help lower income groups especially, poor farmers to double their income by the year 2022, an official press note issued here read.
Speaking during a programme organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ganderbal, the agriculture minister stressed upon the importance of development of new technologies to improve the productivity of crops for doubling farmers’ income.
He said, “The state government is committed to double farmers’ income by 2022.” He directed the concerned officers to set annual targets and make strenuous efforts to achieve the same.
Hanjura said, “Organizing seminars, awareness camps, kisan melas and conferences should be regularly conducted.” He stressed on the need for educating the farmers about the benefits of organic farming and updating them about the latest technological advancements in the farming sector.
He said that organic farming requires less investment for cultivation but are much more profitable than conventionally grown crops.
The minister, according to the press note, stressed on the need for adopting cluster approach and developing model villages for Mushkbudji rice, basmati, rajmash, apiculture, apple and other area specific crops.
He further said that comprehensive agriculture policy is the priority of the government and concerted efforts are being made to realize the dream of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
The minister said that Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) has been implemented in the state under which the government targets to provide sufficient water for irrigation to every field (Har Khet Ko Paani).
He said, “Agriculture scientists, agriculture department should work in close co-ordination so that new agricultural schemes and programmes would reach farmers.”
The minister also directed the agricultural scientists not to confine their work to universities but should conduct regular visits to agricultural fields.
Hanjura said that efforts of the state government are to make agriculture department a vibrant department. He said that state government has regularized the services of Rehbar-e-Zirat with the purpose that their services would benefit the farmers in rural and far flung areas of the state.