‘Amid climate change, Agri sector in valley needs modification’

‘Amid climate change, Agri sector in valley needs modification’
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Srinagar: Agriculture department on Monday said that that amid global climate change and its impact in Valley, the Agriculture sector needs to be modified, with Agri-intervention being in consonance with climate change and Agro-climatic suitability.
In statement issued here by the department the Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi who on Monday convened a meeting of senior officers of the department asked them to prepare a contingency plan to combat the upcoming challenges, in wake of global climate change and its impact on Valley.
He said that amid global climate change and its impact on Valley, the Agriculture sector has to be modified, therefore every Agri-intervention made, should be in consonance with climate change and Agro-climatic suitability.
Amid long dry-spell and unpredictable weather conditions, He directed the officers to prepare a contingency plan to combat the upcoming challenges.
The meeting also reviewed the progress achieved on the implementation of commitments and decisions made by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti During the recent public meetings (Darbars) in different districts of Kashmir Division, related to agriculture sector, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi convened a meeting of senior officers of the department here today.
Speaking on the occasion Director Agriculture impressed upon the officers of the department to mobilise their workforce on missionary mode, so that all the decisions and commitments made by C.M. can be met within an effective manner and within stipulated time.
Andrabi called upon the officers, to ensure the feedback is received from ground level about the impact of technologies and expertise provided by the department to the farmers, and if any weaknesses or bottlenecks are found, that should be immediately taken care-off. He said that the achievements and milestones reached in this direction should be recorded and reported for analyses, so that new dimensions can be added to it.
Director Agriculture asked the officers to prepare detailed project reports (DPRs) for the restoration and up-gradation of different departmental facilities including Soil Testing Labs, Seed Testing Labs, and Pathology Labs in Kashmir Division. He said latest equipments should be installed in these labs, so that most accurate and real time results can be obtained.
Earlier, Director was informed that almost 100% expenditure has been achieved under different centrally sponsored schemes (CSS).
Joint Director, Agriculture Extension, Abdul Rahim Samoon; Joint Director, Agriculture Inputs, Sajad Ahmad Shah; Joint Director, Agriculture Engineering, Javed Iqbal Lone; Dy. Director, Agriculture Central G.M. Bichu; Chief Agriculture Officers of all the districts of Kashmir Division and other senior officers of the department attended the meeting.

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