SRINAGAR: To review the progress and milestones achieved during the last financial year and to explore various modalities in order to devise a strategy to face challenges confronting different agriculture activities amid fast changing agro-climatic scenario, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi held a high level meeting with experts, chief agriculture officers of the concerned districts and other senior officers of the department here at Lalmandi on Monday.
According to an official handout, director agriculture called upon the participants to “take present climatic scenario as a challenge and to try all efforts to cope up with the present situation” so that farmers interests could be served and safeguarded.
He said, “Since we are facing a different and tough situation vis-a-vis scarcity of water and other contributing factors, therefore, department has to mobilise its entire work force and expertise so that technical and moral support could be made available to the farming community at this crucial stage.”
Director agriculture said that the department was already “preparing an alternate plan and devising a mitigation strategy” where drought mitigation technology, use of new farming practices that require less water, are taken into consideration to reduce the impact of dry winter season, the handout read.
Andrabi impressed upon the officers to “focus on small and marginal farmers and to take all the essential steps to reduce the gap between the producer and the consumer” so that the income of the farmer could be increased.
He said, “We have to ensure all the opportunities are grabbed, and optimum utilisation of very scarce water resources available with us can contribute to the decrease in the cost of cultivation.”
Director agriculture said, “The department has already adopted some crop-specific and commodity-specific villages for the promotion of certain agri products so that farmer’s income can be improved.”