Chief secy reviews implementation of agricultural extension scheme

Chief secy reviews implementation of agricultural extension scheme
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SEWP-2018-19 of Rs 33.29 crore approved

SRINAGAR: To review the implementation of the Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) under the National Mission of Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), Chief Secretary, B B Vyas chaired a meeting of the State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSC) here on Thursday.

The committee also discussed and approved the State Extension Work Plan (SEWP)-2018-19 of Rs 33.29 crore under the mission with focus on convergence, transfer of skill and technology to farmers, farmer awareness campaigns, demonstration activities and training/capacity building of field functionaries of agriculture, animal & sheep husbandry, horticulture, floriculture, sericulture, fisheries and other allied sectors, an official handout read.

Chief secretary called upon concerned departmental heads to focus on convergence with the Rural Development Department and to ensure that part of the MGNREGA resources were utilised for construction of water harvesting structures, small irrigation khuls, cattle sheds, vermin-compost units, pits and other activities beneficial to the farming community in the villages, it read.

Vyas emphasised on holding interactive sessions with farmers and preparing a compendium of best agriculture practices and hosting information related to research and innovation, best agricultural practices, government schemes and success stories on ATMA website for the benefit of the farmers, it read.

He urged the concerned administrative secretaries and HoDs to “focus on initiatives that shall contribute towards value addition of the agricultural produce and promote a shift from subsistence to commercial farming in the state”, the handout read further.