‘Effective handholding to boost socio-economic status’
SRINAGAR: All the efforts and interventions made by the department of agriculture should be translated into results and impact should be visible on field, not just on papers, stated Commissioner Secretary Agriculture, Mohammad Mehraj-ud-din Khan here while chairing maiden review meeting, here on Tuesday after taking over the charge recently.
He said “no negligence can be tolerated and there will be no compromise with the interests of the farmers” and that the farmers’ progress and wellbeing should be upheld at every cost, an official handout read.
Speaking at the meeting, commissioner secretary said that 75% to 80% population of the state is directly or indirectly related to agriculture sector, therefore, “it is our prime responsibility that all the public resources are utilsed in most judicious manner”.
“My stress areas will be close monitoring, effective farmer centric and result oriented implementation of different schemes and projects”, he asserted.
Commissioner secretary said “our greatest concern is the well being of farmers and strengthening of rural economy and the only solution to the problems of farming community is providing them effective hand holding to boost their socio-economic status”.
Khan ordered the department to devise a compact, inclusive, technology-based, multi-dimensional and vibrant agriculture policy, taking all the stakeholders on board, “so that the entire potential in this sector can be explored”.
He stressed for working in close coordination to overcome the challenges of farm sector, particularly focusing on small and marginal farmers.
Commissioner secretary stressed on maintaining close coordination among different allied wings for smooth functioning of the department. He said, “Mechanisms are to be developed to disseminate information about different innovations/technologies to the farmers”, adding that efforts should be made to ensure farmers were updated with all the information about agro-advisories, weather, market prices, crop protection, etc., read the handout.