‘Gurez to be adopted as organic valley’
SRINAGAR: To review the implementation status of various key schemes and projects introduced by the Department of Agriculture, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi Convened a meeting here on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion Andrabi said that Agriculture has gone through much change over the past few decades adding that “key drivers have been shifted in consumer demands, change in government policies, technological advances and innovations emerging environmental concerns and an understanding decline in agriculture sector in terms of trade, and therefore agriculture must be a very sophisticated and technical industry, and it has to be one of the most innovative and efficient sectors,” an official handout read..
Amid changing weather scenario, Director Agriculture stressed upon the officers and concerned crop experts to visit their respective areas and to “advise the farmers with respect to different strategies devised by the department to get the best out of the available resources in terms of quality and produce”.
Andrabi gave the instructions to officers concerned under National Saffron Mission to “go ahead with all the pending works under National Saffron Mission including the targets under Rejuvenation of Saffron corms as the mission has been extended by two more years by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
Andrabi emphasised upon the registration of all the beneficiaries (farmers) under DBT (direct benefit transfer) at an earliest.
To achieve the target of commercialising the agriculture sector, he emphasised upon the district heads to take the cultivation of high value vegetables i.e., exotic vegetable and other high value crops. Pertinently, government is going to purchase refrigerator vans for transporting of fresh vegetables to other states. Director said Gurez has been declared as ‘organic valley’ and instructions have been passed out to the concerned officers to take necessary steps to prevent the use of inorganic fertilisers and pesticides in the area.
The chief agriculture officers were instructed to prepare the DPRs on climate change in one potential block in each district.
The progress on procurement of oil seeds was also revived and it was impressed upon the officers to speed up the process.
Earlier a condolence meeting was held to condole the sad demise of Fayaz Ahmed Qardri, Ex CAO Kulgam and Quansar Parveeen, Assistant Entomologist Jammu.