Govt proposing dev of garlic, potato villages in potential areas

Govt proposing dev of garlic, potato villages in potential areas
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‘Several measures taken to boost agri production in Poonch’

JAMMU: To make Poonch-Haveli Constituency self-sufficient in food grain production and boost the yield in traditionally rich villages for potato and garlic cultivation, the government has taken several concrete steps under government of India (GoI) and state sponsored schemes, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura informed the Legislative Assembly on Saturday.
Replying to a question by Shah Mohammad Tantray, the minister said that the department has provided subsidised high yielding and hybrid variety seeds of maize, paddy and wheat besides, other non-food grain crops like mustard, vegetables and fodder as per the local area specific acclimatization, an official handout read.
The department also organises farmers’ awareness programmes to impart trainings, hold demonstrations about adoption of improved cultivation, post harvesting management practices and promotion of mechanised farming system available under different GoI and state sponsored Schemes, said the minister.
“Tthe department has prepared a DPR of Rs 7 crore to boost the production and quality in the garlic rich areas of the district, which is under consideration for sanction,” the minister said.
He further said that during the year 2017-18, 10 qtls of garlic seed was provided to the farmers of Mandi, Loran, Swajian and Upper Shahpur among 330 farmers for quality production and seed multiplication. “These areas are also under consideration for being developed as garlic villages,” said the minister.
Further, rolling out the development plan, the minister stressed for boosting potato production, traditionally grown in villages Jhullas, Mandi, Loran and Poonch. The government has taken appropriate steps to make them economically viable potato villages, the handout read.
“The farmers are being persuaded and motivated to adopt potato crop on a larger scale through formation of potato farmer groups in these clusters/villages,” he added. 90 qtls of certified potato seed has been distributed in Mandi and Loran areas and 40 qtls of seed in Jullahs and Poonch areas among 557 farmers during 2017, the handout added..
The department has taken several other important steps for the welfare of farmers in the area which include implementation of Fasal Bima Yojana, distribution of multi-cut fodder seeds to boost the production of fodder for milch and other livestock. During Kharif 2017, around 4970 farmers have been extended coverage of Bima Yojana, the handout added..