Dir agri stresses on quality standard of seeds

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SRINAGAR: To take stock of the preparation for Kharief season and to fix the sale rate for Kharief seeds including hybrid maize, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi convened a high level meeting of divisional sale rate fixation committee here on Saturday
According to a statement, director agriculture impressed upon the officers that quality seed availability should be ensured in all the districts of the Kashmir division well in time, so that farmers did not face any hardships.
He said that the field staff should be activated, so that a close vigil could be maintained in terms of quality seeds on ground level.
He impressed upon the officers to personally visit all the seed sale outlets to ensure that farmers were getting genuine seeds on departmental fixed rates. “Seed is the most important input that decides the cost of cultivation of a particular crop; therefore, all the possible efforts should be taken up by the department to maintain its high standards”, he said.
Andrabi directed the officers of different agencies and allied wings to “work with close coordination and commitment for the betterment and upliftment of farming community”.
2,544 quintals of hybrid maize have been procured by the department and subsidized sale rate for farmers has been fixed at Rs.10/= per kg. Moreover, Department has procured 4,800 quintals of paddy K-448 and other improved varieties and sale rate for paddy has been fixed at Rs. 12/= per kg, it further read.