Directs officers to finalise modalities for ‘Operation Green’ in the state
SRINAGAR: Highlighting the need for making agriculture a sustainable and remunerative business, Minister for Agriculture, Mohammad Khalil Bandh on Thursday directed officers of the agriculture department to explore all the avenues and opportunities for strengthening the agriculture sector in order to achieve the target of doubling the farmer’s income by the year 2022.
The minister was speaking during a high level meeting of heads of different departments pertaining to his ministry.
“Strengthen the infrastructure of the department including seed testing labs, quality control labs, soil testing labs,” Bandh directed the officers asking them to add new dimensions in the activities carried out by different seed multiplication and other departmental farms, an official handout read.
To promote apiculture in the state, the minister also directed for setting up centres for processing honey, beekeeping in all district of the state which will be funded by World Bank. He said these centres will also provide beneficiaries access to infrastructure, training, collection, processing and marketing network, it read.
While emphasising on the need to project Kashmir as a fresh brand across India, the minister asked the officials to “buy refrigerator trucks for carrying produce from the state to different markets across India for better returns to the farmers”.
Highlighting the potential of the vegetable based economy in the state, Bandh asked officials to start working for ‘Operation Green’ in the state for increasing the production of tomato, onion and potatoes, added the handout.