‘Agriculture backbone of state economy’

‘Agriculture backbone of state economy’
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JAMMU: Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD), Muhmmad Afzal Bhat on Saturday reviewed the functioning of Seed Multiplication Farm, Chinore during his visit to the border area and inspected the field condition of wheat, toria, oats, gram, mustard, peas and potato seed crops.
Bhat also inspected the latest machinery being used at the farm like combines, seed drills, trans-planters, multi-crop-threshers, tractors, potato planters, ridgers, offsets, etc. and said that efficient use of the machinery should be ensured, an official handout read.
He directed the farm staff to “prepare plans for running the farm on modern scientific lines with utilisation of latest machinery and available technologies to produce best quality seeds for the farmers”.
“Increase the productivity and revenue realisation at the farm through Integrated Farming Systems (IFSs), Micro-Irrigation and promotion of Organic Farming,” he asked the farm staff.
He also directed the farm officers to prepare and submit plans in this regard so that funds were arranged for the same.
He impressed upon the officers to “review the functioning of the farms periodically to identify the gaps and to bring innovations and improvements for enhancement of production and productivity”.
The commissioner also interacted with the management staff and the workers and technicians of the farm and listened to various problems of the staff regarding their regularisation and amendment of service rules. Bhat assured to address their genuine demands at an earliest.
He asked the farm staff to “work with sincerity and dedication to increase the productivity and production in the agriculture sector which is the backbone of our economy”.
He directed the SMS Agriculture Engineering and other concerned staff to survey the unserviceable tractors, machinery and combines and that the process of their replacement was done before harvesting of the crops.
The Commissioner Agriculture along with the Director and Joint Director of Agriculture Inputs inspected the Grassland and Fodder Development Farm Chak Jagger where wheat, vegetable and improved lines of grasses are being raised and multiplied, the handout further read.
Director Agriculture, Jammu H. K. Razdan who accompanied the Commissioner apprised him regarding the developments made in the quality seed production of crops at the farm despite being located at vulnerable international border and having limitations of irrigation facilities.
The farm is spread over an area of 2586 acres out of which 300 acres is irrigated. The farm is running in profit for the last few years with the introduction of the scientific management interventions and use of better technologies, the handout read.