‘Innovative measures to enable farmers get maximum returns’

‘Innovative measures to enable farmers get maximum returns’
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Progress under various sponsored schemes in agri dept reviewed

JAMMU: To have a comprehensive review of progress under the government of India (GoI) and state sponsored schemes implemented by the agriculture department, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjoor convened a review meeting here on Saturday.
During the meeting, the minister was informed about the achievements registered under schemes like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, procurement of Mushkibudji rice, progress made on digging of bore well under Saffron Mission, and ongoing projects under Command Area development, an official handout read.
According to the handout, the officers apprised the minister about the expenditure made on these schemes in first three quarters of the current financial years.
Hanjura said the government was making all out efforts for sustained growth of the agriculture sector by introducing several innovative measures to “enable farmers to get maximum returns from their land”. The minister directed the concerned officers to increase expenditure level under all the schemes and to ensure targets were optimally achieved, the handout read.
He said, “The intervention schemes and framer welfare schemes are designed to double the farmers’ income by 2022.” He asked experts to lay special thrust on Apiculture, mushroom growing and integrated farming in the state. “Promote bee keeping in areas having potential for seed production and orchards, which not only help in honey production but also enhance pollination, quality seed production and fruit production,” he stressed.
Hanjura directed that village committees should be established on co-operative patterns to give boost to agricultural activities. “Establish integrated farming management system across all the constituencies during the financial year 2018-18,” he told the officials.
He also stressed that women self help groups should be constituted under ATMA, the handout added.