Ladakh being promoted as organic region: Dir Agri Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: To review the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in fertilisers for J&K State, Additional Secretary to Department of Fertilisers, Government of India Dharam Pal chaired a high level meeting at New Delhi on Tuesday.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture, Jammu/Mission Director, H K Razdan, all chief agriculture officers of concerned districts and other senior officers of the department participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
Director Agriculture Kashmir presented the details of various proceedings including requirement of fertilisers for upcoming Rabi and Kharief seasons, availability of fertilisers, details of retail fertiliser dealers and installation of Point of Sale machines (POS) in Kashmir division, an official handout read.
He said the installation of Point of Sale machines in Kashmir division is in progress, but “because of poor internet facilities in far-flung areas of the valley it will take some extra time to achieve the 100% target”.
Director Agriculture Kashmir asked the Additional Secretary, Department of Fertilisers, Government of India that “extension in the date for completion of installation of POS machines may be given to Kashmir division”, which was agreed upon by the additional secretary.
Andrabi informed the meeting that the department is gradually promoting both the districts of Ladakh region as organic districts and efforts were in full swing to minimise the fertiliser supply to these districts.
He said, “The department is aiming in future to completely stop the entry of chemical fertilisers to district Leh and Kargil, so that all the crops cultivated there are grown on organic lines, which will fetch good income to the farming community there.”
While talking about Direct Benefit Transfer, Director Agriculture informed the meeting that the system is operational and all the disbursements and expenditures are performed through said system at all the levels of administration.
“In order to make the proceedings more transparent, credible and farmer friendly the subsidies provided to farmers under different schemes are directly transferred to their bank accounts,” he said.
He informed the meeting about the status and achievements of various programmes and projects that are being implemented by the department. “All the activities that are being carried away by the department during the implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes and projects are closely monitored from different levels of administration,” he said.
He said department has adopted monitoring and evaluation mechanism to improve the quality of work and get the desired results.
Andrabi also informed about various achievements made by the department under different centrally sponsored schemes and flagship programmes.
Additional Secretary, Department of Fertilisers, Government of India instructed both the directors and other participants of the meeting to “sensitise the department and allied wings about the importance of Direct Benefit Transfer and consequent benefits of various schemes”.
He said the retailers who fail to cooperate the installation of POS machines at their respective shops, their licences should be cancelled with immediate effect.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, chief agriculture officers of concerned districts and other senior officers also expressed their views in the meeting.

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