JAMMU: To provide awareness to people about new technology introduced in agriculture sector, Kisan Melas would be organised in every district of the state from December this year, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said on Wednesday, an official handout read.
Addressing a meeting at Gandhi Nagar here, Hanjura said these Kisan Melas would help farmers about the new technology in agriculture sector.
He said that aim of these Kisan Melas is to help farmers adopt new technology in their agriculture fields adding “new technology would help the farmers to increase their income”.
The agriculture minister said that Jammu region had potential in mushroom and apiculture sectors. He said that the farmers of the region would also be informed about the scope of these sectors in these Kisan melas.
The minister also said that state government was committed to help the farmer community about the new schemes of agriculture. He said, “Government has already announced number of schemes in agriculture sector and these schemes will help the farmers to increase their monthly income.”
Hanjura also said that agriculture department has set up a target to “double the farmer’s income by 2022” and to achieve this target both the central and state government had announced various schemes to achieve the target.
Farmers of different areas including Jammu, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi and other areas highlighted the problems.
The problems highlighted include irrigation facilities to the tail end areas of Ranbir Canal in Marh and R S Pura sub -divisions, provision of subsidies for agriculture machinery, marketing facilities for basmati rice, creation of vegetable marketing hub at Chenani, awareness of various farmer welfare schemes, representation of all the farmers for tours and trainings outside and within the state, post harvest technology and processing facilities at various agriculture production areas, opening up of more mandis for procurement of paddy.
The minister assured their genuine demands would be addressed on priority bases.