JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Tuesday ordered constitution of a committee to look into the issues faced by the employees of agriculture department.
The minister was addressing a one-day convention organised by Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture Technocrats Association (JKATA), an official handout read.
According to the handout, the committee would be headed by Commissioner Secretary with Director Agriculture Jammu and Kashmir and other officers as its members.
The minister said that “employees are the backbone of the department” and the government has taken number of pro-employee decisions like regularisation of around 2600 Rehber-e-Zirat employees, who were working in the department for years.
He emphasised the employees to create awareness among the farmers about various schemes initiated by state and central government for their welfare.
He said, “Various farmer-specific schemes like Fasal Bima Yojana, Krishi Sinchayi Yojana among others, are aimed at increasing the productivity and double the farmers’ income by 2022.”
He directed the concerned officials to conduct regular field visits so that farmers can avail their benefits.
Hanjura emphasised the need to introduce technological innovations in agriculture by the department to help and support farmers further raise their productivity.
He said, “The state is an agriculture-based economy with most of its population directly or indirectly associated with the sector.”
Reiterating government’s commitment of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the minister directed the concerned officers to “set annual targets and make strenuous efforts” to achieve the same.
“Organise seminars, awareness camps, kisan melas and conferences on regular basis for educating the farmers about the benefits of organic farming and updating them about latest technological advancements in farming,” he asked the employees.
Director Agriculture Jammu, H K Razdan said that triple cropping has been started by the farmers in various areas of Jammu region which will untimely help the government to achieve the target of doubling the farmer’s income by 2022, the handout read.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Ajaz Andrabi said that Department of Agriculture has initiated number of pro-farmer schemes and expressed hope that Saffron Mission will show positive results in coming years, it added.