JAMMU: The aim of organising kissan melas is to sensitise the farming community about new technology interventions and high yielding variety (HYV) of seeds being introduced in the agriculture sector to increase productivity and to provide better marketing facilities to the farmers, this was stated by Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh here on Monday.
He said the initiatives undertaken by the government would ensure that the farming sector gets a fillip and the income of the farmers gets doubled by 2022.
The deputy chief minister was speaking after inaugurating Kissan Mela at Khour organised by the J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans. Various departments of Agriculture and allied sectors including agriculture, agro industries, horticulture, floriculture, animal husbandry, Krishi Vigyan Kendra Jammu, fisheries, sericulture, IFFCO exhibited their stalls and showcased best practices and technology in each sector for benefit of farmers, an official handout read.
Among others, Vice-Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, Daljit Singh Chib, Member Parliament, Jugal Kishore, MLA Dr Krishan Lal Bhagat, MLC Vikram Randhawa, officers of various departments and large number of farmers attended the mela.
Deputy chief minister asked the authorities of agriculture department to organise more such melas to create awareness among the farmers about the schemes launched for their benefit and to provide facilities to the farmers in future in every nook and corner of the state.
Calling upon the farmers for using new technological interventions and high yielding variety of seeds, the deputy chief minister said that it would go a long way in effective implementation of schemes at ground, besides increase the productivity which would help in improving their socio-economic profile.
He also asked them to insure their crops and take the benefits of Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY), which would ensure that that they get the necessary compensation in view of any eventuality of failing of crops or drought.
Dr Singh stressed upon the concerned officers to ensure effective implementation of government schemes meant for farmer community, saying that it would help in realising the dream of doubling the income of farmers by 2022.
Speaking on the occasion, Jugal Kishore Sharma, MP said that more such melas should be organised at Panchayat level also as that are very essential for creating awareness among the farming community about the schemes and initiatives being undertaken by the government for their welfare.
Vice Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board, Daljit Singh Chib while speaking on the occasion said the government was committed to help farmers to improve their socio-economic condition.
He said, “We should all contribute our bit in ensuring the success of prime minister’s initiative of doubling farmer’s income by 2022 for which Kissan Advisory Board will work tirelessly along with agriculture and allied departments for achieving this target.”
MLA, Dr Krishan Lal while speaking on the occasion asked the farmers to move towards diversified agriculture and highlighted the initiatives being undertaken by the government for the farming community.
Ch Vikram Randhawa, MLC speaking on the occasion called for organising more melas and enumerated the achievements of the government.
The deputy chief minister also inspected the stalls set up by various departments and showed keen interest.