Agriculture has key role to tackle unemployment: Comm secy APD

Agriculture has key role to tackle unemployment: Comm secy APD
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Reiterates commitment to revive sericulture industry

SRINAGAR: Describing agriculture as the backbone of state economy, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD), Mehrajudin Khan on Tuesday said that the biggest challenge emerging before the state is unemployment and “to tackle this challenge agriculture sector has a key role to play”. He impressed upon the heads of different departments to explore all the possibilities of employment generation in their concerned fields so that more youth could get opportunities of sustenance.
He said this while reviewing the performance and achievements of agriculture and allied departments -Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development, Horticulture, Floriculture, Fisheries, SKUAST(K) and SKUAST (J) and other departments in state-level project screening committee meeting held here at Agriculture Complex, Lal Mandi.
Commissioner secretary stressed upon the need of upholding the interests of farming community. He highlighted the concept of integrated farming in order to achieve the target of doubling the farmers’ income by the year 2022, an official handout read.
“The real time technologies should be made available to the farmers for the overall progress of this vital sector,” he desired. Adding that amid changing global agriculture scenario “we must have a skill-based technology-oriented farming society”.
Commissioner secretary exhorted upon the participants to utilise all the expertise and experience to make farming an attractive and remunerative enterprise. He said, “Government is committed for strengthening the pre- and post-harvest infrastructure in the state so that innovative and modern facilities and services could be provided to the farmers”.
Talking about agriculture universities of the state, Khan said they were of paramount importance but the need is that “the impact of research conducted by these premier institutions should appear on ground”, read the handout further.
Commissioner secretary directed the heads of different departments to make plan and proposals as per the requirements on ground for submission to the government. He also sanctioned Rs 21.299 crore under RKVY on the occasion and asked the officers to submit supplementary plans so that more funds could be released well in time.
Khan said that sericulture is the oldest indigenous industry of the state and “the sector needs a serious revival”. He reiterated the government’s commitment to revive sericulture industry on modern lines and on priority basis, the handout added.