SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Wednesday said that climate change is a global phenomenon and agriculture was one of the most important sectors that gets directly affected. He said climate resilient technologies were in an evolving stage, therefore, for sustainable agriculture in the rain fed areas integrated and eco-friendly cultural practices were to be adopted.
Andrabi said this at a daylong conference on climate change resilient sustainable agriculture conducted by Department of Agriculture at Sheikh ul Alam Hall, Budgam on Wednesday.
While mentioning climate change resilient sustainable agriculture programme, Director Agriculture said that in the initial stage Block Budgam of District Budgam has been adopted under this programme and all the transformations taking place on ground were being closely monitored, an official handout read.
“To mitigate the effects of climate change in the farming sector the adaptive capabilities of farmers, and the optimal utilisation of different resources are some of the issues seriously needed to be taken care of,” he said.
Andrabi said that the challenges raised by climate change are a continuous process and the battle to fight with these challenges is an ongoing evolving process. He said strategies, technologies and programmes were to be devised in a such a way that could have long-term and positive impact not only in terms of agro economic sustainability but on the environmental front as well, read the handout.
He highlighted the importance of rich bio-diversity of the valley. “Agriculture operations should be driven by crop suitability, agro climatic conditions and market indicators,” he added.