PS APD reviews NMSA progress

SRINAGAR: To review the progress made under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), a meeting of the Empowered Committee was held at SKUAST-K Shalimar which was presided over by Principal Secretary (PS) Agriculture, Agricultural Production Department, Sandeep Kumar Nayak, an official press note issued Saturday read.
According to the press note, Director Agriculture Kashmir, who is also Mission Director for NMSA, gave a detailed presentation of action plan and various issues, prospects under NMSA. He highlighted the ongoing, as well as newly proposed activities/programmes related to sustainable agriculture with a special emphasis on soil and water conservation, water use efficacy, Soil Health Management and Rain Fed Area Development.
Since the sustainable agricultural productivity depends on quality and availability of natural resources like soil and water, therefore, appropriate location-specific measures like establishment of Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories, Water Harvesting Technology, etc. need to be taken into consideration, the press note read.
Director agriculture also highlighted the need of intergraded/composite farming system to make agriculture more sustainable, productive and climate resilient. Speaking on the occasion, the Principal Secretary took a detailed review of various components of National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture. During the meeting, the committee sanctioned two Mobile Soil Testing Laboratories for central Kashmir, each for Leh, Kargil, Rajouri, and Poonch districts.
Meanwhile, various proposals submitted by the Mission Director to the committee were agreed upon in principle. Sanction was accorded to raise the allocation under Rain Fed Area Development Programme from Rs. 1.10 crore to Rs 3 crore, besides allocating funds under different components of NMSA, the press note added.