ANANTNAG: District Development Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik on Tuesday stressed upon the need to popularise the cultivation of Mushkibudji “so that more and more farmers start Mushkibudji cultivation”, adding that district Anantnag had a great potential in terms of agriculture and allied sectors.
He also said that government would provide all possible facilities to the farmer community for cultivation of different varieties of crops including vegetables cultivation, an official handout read.
The DDC assured of technical support including a milling machine, packing and marketing facilities for Mushkibudji cultivation. He instructed the concerned to identify one village in every agriculture sub-division for establishing verimicompost unit. He also stressed upon involving Self Help Groups for the promotion of Mushkibudji cultivation, read the handout.
Malik was speaking at a meeting held with officers to review the progress of agriculture sector under various schemes here on Tuesday.
Chief Agriculture Officer, Anantnag informed the meeting that under cultivation of paddy, 24036 hectares of land have been covered and the production yielding capacity per hectare has been recorded as 65 qtls.
Likewise, 10676 hectares of land have been brought under maize cultivation, and yielding capacity per hectare has been recorded as 32 qtls. A record production of 2700 qtls. of Mushkibudji has been recorded in 8 seed villages of Kokernag including Sagam village, the handout read.
“Paddy production has increased over the last few years due to introduction of high yielding seed varieties. 551 paddy villages have been established while as 1454.60 qtls. of high yielding seed varieties have been distributed among farmers at subsidised rates. Also soil health cards, technical support and post harvesting storage is being provided to the farmers. Similarly, 327 qtls. hybrid maize seed has been distributed. In addition, 70 vermicompost units are functional in different parts of the district,” the handout read.
Free fertilisers have also been provided to the farmers for cultivation of Mushkibudji, it added.