Minister for creating mass awareness about flagship schemes
JAMMU: To explore all possibilities for promoting horticulture in potential areas of Rajouri district, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli on Tuesday held a meeting with the officers to review the activities of agriculture, floriculture, horticulture and sericulture departments in border district Rajouri, an official press note read.
According to the press note, the minister said that the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri including Kalakote area had huge potential for fruit production as the area had fertile land available for the purpose.
Detailed discussion was held on the implementation of flagship programmes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Food Security Mission (NFSM) and Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in the area, the press note read.
While taking stock of floriculture sector, the minister asked the concerned to organise awareness camps to educate people about the benefits of floriculture. He also directed the concerned to gear up their field functionaries and provide proper guidance to the farmers with regard to intervention schemes launched by the state and centre governments for the benefit of the farmers and general public.
The minister also asked the concerned to conduct detailed geo-climatic survey in Kalakote Constituency to guide farmers in horticulture activities.
The department is supplying seed and fertilisers to the farmers on subsidised rates, this was said after threadbare discussions were held on agriculture activities. The minister directed the concerned to “work with more dedication and ensure timely distribution of seeds and fertilisers to the farmers”.
The agriculture department is regularly imparting training to farmers drawn from various areas about the latest farming techniques.
The minister directed the concerned to plant saplings on barren and Kahcharie land on war footing basis.
Activities about sericulture sector were also discussed and the department is organising awareness camps to aware the farmers about the sector, further read the press note.
Rajouri district leads in sericulture production in the state and the department is constructing silkworm rearing house at Kalakote soon. The department is providing nursery seed, silk worm seed and mulberry trees to the farmers.
The minister enjoined upon the officers to work with utmost dedication and ensure that the benefits of the flagship programmes reached the common masses, the press note added.
Senior officers of agriculture, floriculture, sericulture and horticulture departments attended the meeting.