SRINAGAR: Governor N N Vohra inaugurated a one day conference on ‘Food Processing and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Smpada Yojana’ at the Shalimar Campus of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir, today. This conference has been organised by the Directorate of Extension SKUAST-K, Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Government of India and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), New Delhi.
Appreciating the organisation of this important conference, Governor observed that there is inadequate awareness about this pan India programme which is a flagship scheme launched by the Government of India with the objective of supplementing agriculture, modernising food processing and decreasing Agri-waste, an official handout read.
“Currently a very high percentage of agricultural produce of the country goes waste because of lack of processing facilities and modern preservation techniques. If we endeavour to minimise this waste, the producers’ surplus would increase very substantially,” he noted.
Governor urged vice-chancellors of the farm universities and other entities involved in the implementation of this Yojana to “formulate sound sector-wise schemes under the ambit of this flagship progamme so as to double the farmer’s income by 2022-23, promote farmers’ welfare and reduce agrarian distress”, it read.
Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed; Chairman and CEO J&K Bank Ltd., Parvez Ahmed; Director Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GoI, K.B. Subramanian; Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, D S Rawat; President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), Javid Ahmad Tenga presented their views on the opportunities available to farmers to become entrepreneurs by taking full advantage of benefits available under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana.
Governor also presented certificates of Skill Development Programmes to the Course Directors and ICAR’s Best Teachers awards to the teachers of the university. Later Governor visited the High-Density Apple Orchard & Rootstock Block of the University and enquired about the health of high-density apple crop.