JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Mohammad Khalil Bandh on Friday said that bringing improvement in the economic status of farmers is the top agenda of the present government. “Department of agriculture needs to work with full dedication to achieve the set targets as agriculture and horticulture sectors are the backbone of the economy of the state,” he said while taking a detailed review of performance of the department here.
He called upon the officers and field functionaries to “work with dedication, honesty and sincerity to create awareness regarding various technological interventions and farmers’ welfare schemes to produce tangible results in the fields in the shape of increase in production and income of farmers”, an official handout read.
The agriculture minister also reviewed implementation of various farmers’ welfare schemes and preparedness of the department for ensuing Kharif 2018 crop season.
Commissioner/Secretary to Government Agriculture Production Department, Mehraj-ud-Din Khan, Director Agriculture Jammu, Hari Krishan Razdan, Managing Director, J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation, Rakesh Khajuria, Joint Director SLUB, Bulesh Zutshi, Joint Director of Agriculture (Inputs), K. S. Sambyal, Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension), R. L. Bhagat, Deputy Director of Agriculture (Trainings), Sunil Koul, chief agriculture officers, sectoral heads and other senior officers of Agriculture and Command Area Development Department were present on the occasion.
The minister stressed upon all the officers to “adhere to the guidelines of the respective CSS and state sector schemes” and said that he “will personally monitor on-going programmes in all the districts soon”.
He further said that the government is determined to give thrust to agriculture in the state and “will make intensive efforts for improving the plight of farmers and farming community in the state”.
The minister also reviewed the supply and stock position of various inputs including seeds and fertilisers for the current Kharif crop season along with progress and achievements during Rabi 2017-18.
The agriculture minister along with Vice-Chairman J&K Agro-Industries and team of senior officers inspected various sections located at Agriculture Complex Talab-Tillo, Jammu including naturally ventilated green house structures for cultivation of vegetables, floriculture nursery, seed testing laboratory, pesticide testing laboratory and soil testing laboratory. The minister also inaugurated the Working Shed-cum-Storage Room and inspected vermi-compost units constructed under Centre of Excellence for Vegetables.
Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Mehraj-ud-Din Khan asked the CAOs, sectoral officers and SDAOs to ensure maximum utilisation of funds and to prepare and submit detailed project reports (DPRs) for the development of farming sector including mechanisation, apiculture and development of local specialties.
Director Agriculture Jammu also highlighted the progress of various schemes and apprised the minister that the department has stocked more than1800 qtls of high yielding variety (HYV) seeds for current Kharif season which includes paddy, maize, pulses and fodder seeds in all the stores of the Jammu division, the handout added..