‘Commercial vegetable farming to raise socio-economic status’
SRINAGAR: Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) Srinagar, Mufti Fareed Ahmad has asked farmers to take benefit of agriculture schemes and attend awareness programmes. He also emphasised on commercial vegetable cultivation and organic farming and minimising the use of insecticides and pesticides.
According to an official statement, the Department of Agriculture, Srinagar organised a Kissan Mela-cum-exhibition and awareness camp at Mujhgund Srinagar here on Saturday. The camp was organised by the department under ATMA scheme.
Additional District Development Commissioner Srinagar, Mufti Fareed Ahmad and Joint Director Agriculture, Extension Kashmir, Abdul Rahim Samoon inaugurated the exhibition and visited different stalls of agriculture department. The stalls showcased different high yielding variety seeds, hybrid vegetables, floriculture plants of aromatic and medicinal value, besides, mushroom and apiculture.
Joint Director Agriculture, (Ext) told the farmers that the department of agriculture was implementing various state and GoI sponsored schemes for sustainable agriculture. He asked the farmers to harness the benefit of these schemes in all agriculture and allied sectors, to increase the production and thereby their socio-economic status, the statement read.
Certificates were distributes among progressive farmers who had shown outstanding performance in different agriculture sectors such as vegetables, saffron, honey production, etc.
A Technical session was also held in which experts gave awareness to farmers about different crops to be raised on scientific grounds and gave awareness about disease and pest management, soil health management, mushroom and apiculture, it read.
Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar, Ghulam Rasool Ganaie gave a brief about the schemes and programmes implemented and achievements in district Srinagar during the current year.
About 200 farmers attended the camp.