NEW DELHI: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Hanjura on Saturday visited the Krishi Unnati Kissan Mela (KUKM) held at New Delhi.
The Kisan Mela themed “Doubling Farmer’s income by 2022” was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare. A number of progressive farmers from across the state attended the mela.
Minister said the aim of organising such melas was to sensitise farmers about new technology and high yielding variety of seeds being introduced in agriculture to increase productivity and to facilitate the marketing exposure to the agriculture produce of the state thereby increasing the income of farmers.
He said it was for the first time that J&K has been represented at such high level and also for the first-time niche products like black cumin and red rice were introduced on a higher scale.
The minister said that the department was planning to introduce technologies like Govardan wherein biogas would be used to generate power to be used by farmers in fields.
Hanjura said the introduction of new technologies was to make the life of a farmer easy. He maintained that agricultural marketing reforms were being worked out and stress was laid on farmer-producer organisations for value addition and increasing income.
He said farmer-producer organisations and setting up of Krishi Vighyan Kendra’s like the one going to be setup in Kargil would go a long way in increasing the income of the farming community.
The minister said more such melas should be organised to acquaint the farmers about the latest techniques being used in farming sector and reiterated that “such events open a pathway for farmers to get information about scientific knowledge, modern technology and productivity”.
The minister said he was ‘keen’ to make J&K state self-sufficient in agriculture by introduction of latest technologies.