JAMMU: Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari on Thursday directed the officials to compile land details of fruit trees in every village and asked them to expedite the process of election of market committees.
The minister said this while reviewing progress on the decisions taken in the previous review meeting regarding the election process of Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees and authentication of data of land under fruit trees in every village of the state, an official handout read.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and DCs of all the districts of the state through video conferencing while Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Commissioner Secretary Revenue, Secretary Horticulture, DC Samba, Director Horticulture Jammu, Deputy Director Horticulture P&M Jammu and several other officers were present in the meeting.
According to the handout, the total quantum of land under orchards has been done already, and the details were ready with the department and would soon be produced for further procedure.
The minister directed the concerned officers to finish the compilation process of authenticating the data of land under fruit trees in every village, adding that classification of land was necessary to get the accurate data of land being used under various fruit trees.
“It will also help fruit growers to avail the benefits from central and state sponsored schemes while government and the planners will be able to make future plans for the development of the horticulture sector,” the minister said.
Bukhari directed the concerned officers to make physical verification of land, which has been converted from agriculture to horticulture purpose.
While taking review of the election of market committees, the minister was informed that department had prepared the list of farmers in every village and the subsequent voter list would be prepared within a week, the handout further read.
The minister directed the divisional commissioner Kashmir to conduct video conference with DCs of the Kashmir division to review the progress of election process arrangements and other related work and submit the report as per the given deadline.
He exhorted upon the officers to ensure that physical verification of voters was done and registered traders, commission agents were included in the voter list as per the J&K State Agriculture Produce Marketing (Regulation act 1997) and the rules notified vide SRO 383.