SRINAGAR: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Monday stressed on identifying appropriate technological advances in the field of agriculture and helping the farmers to adopt the same so that it leads to overall progress of this vital sector.
He said this while chairing a review meeting of Agriculture Production Department (APD).
The advisor emphasised on bridging the gap between farmers and officers of the department and exhorted upon them to impart technical skills for improving their agricultural produce. “The role of our agricultural universities is of paramount importance in researching and practically implementing its results in the field. For this, the farmers have to be taken on board as they are the principal stakeholders,” he added.
Calling for close monitoring of schemes, especially flagship GoI programmes, Ganai said increasing the frequency of the interactions with the farming community would “yield better results in the agricultural sector, which comprises of the backbone of the state’s economy”, an official handout read.
Describing entrepreneurship in farming sector as pivotal for its growth, he asked the officers to make strenuous efforts to motivate farmers to open bank accounts so that it becomes easier for them to avail benefits entailed under various schemes, aimed at promoting farming in the state.
He also directed them to “frame and augment a comprehensive plan for increasing vegetable production in the state, especially targeting exports which generates good revenue and creates ample job opportunities”, read the handout.