SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Saturday said that efforts were on to make Seed Multiplication Farms (SMF) more revenue and employment generating assets.
The director said this while reviewing the progress in implementation of schemes under Seed Multiplication Farms, an official handout read.
He said, “SMFs not only plays a vital role to meet out the seed requirement for farmers but also are also important in the multiplication of latest varieties of different crops received from universities and research institutions.”
Director agriculture exhorted upon the need of strict adherence to the timeline for project completion in addition to optimal and judicious utilisation of funds. He directed the concerned officers to ensure the budgetary allocations under different programmes were fully utilised by the end of current fiscal.
He asked the officers to keep the digital record of the entire off-take, expenditures and remittances and impressed upon taking periodic reviews of different financial activities for better monitoring of financial achievements.
Andrabi called upon the officers to submit the requirements of different types of seeds for Kharief season so that” assured availability of seeds to the farmers can be achieved well in time”.
He said, “The innovative ideas for the optimal utilisation of farmlands will be encouraged by the department and the department will take all the steps to make these seed multiplication farms more revenue and employment oriented.”
He impressed upon the officers to work with commitment and coordination to achieve tangible results on ground, so that the benefits of these farms reached the grassroots level, it added.