‘Organic farming more profitable than conventionally grown crops’
BARAMULLA: As part of the campaign to double farmers’ income by 2022, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Baramulla recently organised “Sankalp Se Siddhi” programme under the chairmanship of India’s Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers welfare Gajendra Singh Shekawat at Tangmarg Baramulla, an official statement issued here on Friday read.
Sankalp Se Siddhi, which literally means “determination to attainment”, is an integrated scheme, supervised by India’s Agricultural Ministry which will last for a period of 5 years from 2017-22 during which various social and economical issues will be covered.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister stressed upon the importance of development of new technologies to improve the productivity of crops for doubling farmers’ income. He said, “The Union as well as state government is committed to doubling farmers’ income by 2022.”
Gajendra said that organising 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, “Organic farming requires less investment for cultivation but is much more profitable than conventionally grown crops,” adding that comprehensive agriculture policy was the priority of the government and concerted efforts were being made to realise 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.
According to the statement, State MoS Agriculture Sunil Kumaar Sharma emphasised the need for better application of technology towards enhancing farm productivity. “This can be achieved through coordinated efforts by all concerned and KVKs can play a significant role in this direction,” he said adding that there was a need to make farmers aware about availability of facilities and KVK should help them in identifying right technology for appropriate and timely application so that they are benefitted.
Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Beig highlighted the importance of agriculture towards improving living standards of farmers particularly through application of modern scientific techniques wherein KVK can play much greater role.
“In a state where sources of revenue are meager and need for creating employment avenues skyrocketing, agriculture and allied sectors can offer vast opportunities for ameliorating this need to some extent” Beig said.
MLA Gulmarg, Mohammad Abbas Wani reiterated the significance of horticulture for ensuring sound economic health of the people of Tangmarg. He added that more needs to be done to help realise the aim of this campaign, the statement added.