JAMMU: To give better marketing facilities to farmers, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Wednesday said that the government was working on a comprehensive plan to open up Basmati Mandis across the state.
The minister was addressing farmers and growers after inaugurating 7th annual Buyer-Seller Meet for traditional aromatic Basmati rice here at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences-Jammu (SKUAST-J), an official handout read.
Vice Chairman Jammu and Kashmir State Board for Development of Kisans, Daljeet Singh Chib, MLA R.S. Pora Dr Gagan Bhagat, Vice Chancellor SKUAST (J) P.K. Sharma, Secretary Agriculture Production Department Showkat Ahmad Beig, Former Member Parliament Tirlok Singh Bajwa, Director Agriculture Jammu, and H.K. Razdan, Agriculture scientists, farmers and exporters of Basmati rice were present on the occasion.
The minister, while highlighting the government’s initiatives in the agriculture sector, said that the department would soon set up Basmati mandies at several places where the buyers and sellers would hold direct transactions to save farmers from exploitation at the hands of middleman.
He said that it would immensely help the Basmati growers get better and viable marketing support for their production.
Hanjura said that the department is also making efforts to make R.S Pora Basmati Mandi operational to help the local farmers sell the Basmati at their door steps.
Highlighting the importance of the Buyer-Seller Meet, the minister said that such platforms provide “transparent mechanism for fixation of price for a commodity” in which labour, talent and wisdom of the grower as well as the trader is optimally compensated and farmers get their due share in the money spent by consumer.
The minister further said, “This meet will provide an effective platform to growers to display their samples for correct evaluation by the experts and fixation of appropriate value of the produce on basis of comparative and competitive quality.”
The minister said that Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY) with its focus on adoption of micro-irrigation project (Har Khet Ko Pani) and end-to-end irrigation solutions would help local farmers by providing them round the year irrigation facilities which will help increase their annual yield. He also announced that Fasal Bima Yojana would be launched in the state soon.
Hanjura asked “to join hands in providing more avenues to agri-entrepreneurs and youth of the state” to bring economic resurgence and prosperity to farming families and the state as a whole.
Responding to the demands put forth by the farmers and growers, the minister said that government is aware of the problems of farming community and efforts were being made to find early resolutions. He assured the farmers of timely supply of hybrid quality of seeds and fertilisers at their door steps, the handout further read.
Vice Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kisan, Daljit Singh Chib, speaking on the occasion appealed the farmers “to come forward and take advantage of welfare schemes launched by the centre and state governments”. He called for organising of exhibitions to give boost to marketing of local species.
The minster along with other dignitaries inspected the stalls of items exhibited by various farmers and organisations.
Farmer associations, societies, groups, farmer producer companies (FPCs) and respective mill owners, wholesale traders and exporters from within and outside the state participated in the meet, the handout added.