Agri min demands extention of NSM for 5 more years

Agri min demands extention of NSM for 5 more years
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Discusses measures to revamp agri sector in JK

NEW DELHI: To discuss the measures underway for revamping agriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Thursday called on Minister for Agriculture (Government of India), Radha Mohan Singh here.
The minister was accompanied by Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Production Department (APD), Secretary APD, Directors Agriculture Kashmir and Jammu and Command Area Development Directors and MD AGROs, an official handout read.
During the meeting, Hanjura informed that under Paramparagath Krishi Vikas Yojana, state government is in the process of setting up vermi compost units for all farmers of four districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
He also projected the demand for setting up of Saffron Park in Kishtwar and continuation of National Saffron Mission (NSM) for five more years, development of Central Insecticide Lab and Fertiliser Laboratory Unit besides setting up of Soil Testing Labs in all sub-divisions of the state, read the handout.
The minister further sought setting up of 87 Integrated Farm Management Systems in the state during the current financial year. He also told the agriculture minister that setting up of new two Bio-Pesticide labs and provision for 10 refrigerated vans would greatly help the farmers of the state.
The minister sought the involvement of insurance companies in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
Radha Mohan Singh appreciated the proposals of the state agriculture department and assured to extend adequate financial help to the state to successfully implement various schemes and projects to achieve the set target of doubling the farmers’ income by the year 2022.
During the meeting, both the minister expressed hope that GoI and the state governments will work in close co-ordination to achieve set targets, the handout added.