JAMMU: Innovative methods initiated by the agriculture department would help double farmers’ income by 2022, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura stated on Monday. He was addressing agriculture officials during a function organised to distribute vegetable seedlings raised under Naturally Ventilated Poly Green House (NVPGH) at Talab Tillo, Jammu, an official handout read.
Hanjura said that state government has already announced several innovative schemes for farmers with the aim to uplift their income. “With the introduction of latest agricultural techniques and practices the farmers’ income would be doubled in the state by 2022, he said. He said the approach recommended by agriculture experts to double the income of farmers in a given time-frame should be adopted in true spirit.
The minister said that awareness and sensitisation of farmers were key to better implementation of the welfare schemes and called upon the agriculture department and concerned agencies to “reach out to the farmers by organising regular awareness programmes”.
“With the changing times, the focus should be on integrated and organic farming to fetch good economic returns,” he stressed.
He said that implementation of schemes like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana (PMFBY), National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC), Kissan Credit Cards (KCC) and focus on integrated farming will make the farming sector more lucrative, it further read.
Hanjura said that several schemes for farmers initiated by the department were started to uplift their income and government will soon launch PMFBY for farming community in the valley after the scheme was successfully launched in Jammu region. He said that the scheme would compensate farmers affected due to natural calamities.
The minister said that raising of vegetable seedlings will encourage the vegetable growers for shifting towards vegetable cultivation and will fetch good returns to the farmers, the handout read.
The seedlings of different vegetable crops and varieties have been raised in the Naturally Ventilated Poly Green House established under the centrally sponsored scheme. “For the first time, on trial basis about 50,000 seedlings of different vegetable crops and varieties are being raised which will be distributed among the vegetable growers of Jammu areas on no profit and no loss basis, he maintained.