Agri dept preparing contingency plan to deal with drought-like situations: Minister

Agri dept preparing contingency plan to deal with drought-like situations: Minister
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Progressive farmers to be awarded

JAMMU: Agricultural department is preparing a contingency plan to deal with any drought-like situation that might arise in the state, said Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura here on Tuesday.
The minister was speaking during a meeting convened to take a comprehensive review of progress on various sponsored schemes being implemented by the agriculture department.
Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Showkat Ahmad Beigh, DG Sericulture Mir Tariq Ali, Director Agriculture, Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, MD Agro Rakesh Khajuria, OSD of Agriculture Minister, Ghulam Nabi Bhat, Joint Director Agriculture Jammu and other concerned officers of the department attended the meeting.
On the occasion, the minister was informed about department’s expenditure and achievements with regard to various schemes including Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna, ATMA, PMKSY, NFSM, progress on the work under Saffron Mission and other ongoing projects under Command Area Development, an official handout read.
Hanjura directed the concerned officers to increase expenditure level under all schemes and to ensure targets were achieved within the set timeframe. He said, “The timely expenditure of various funds will lead to overall welfare of the people whose livelihood depends on agriculture and allied sectors.”
Stressing on the need to involve youth in agricultural practices, he said “the involvement of youth coupled with latest practices will help them earn their livelihood”. He asked the officers to lay special thrust on apiculture, mushroom growing and integrated farming in the state which can provide employment avenues to the youth.
Hanjura on the occasion said that those progressive farmers who will show outstanding performance in the agriculture and its allied sectors would be awarded. He directed the officers to prepare a list of such farmers.
The minister also directed for timely distribution of seeds and fertilisers among the farmers. He said government was making efforts for sustained growth of agriculture sector, adding that introducing several innovative measures would enable farmers to get maximum returns from their land, the handout further read.
The minister also reviewed various schemes under sericulture sector.
He also issued directions for ensuring cent percent expenditure of allotted funds and optimally achieving the set targets, it added.