Director Agri Jammu calls for promoting cultivation of pulses

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JAMMU: To take stock of the progress made under various farmers’ welfare schemes and to review the punctuality and working of the staff, Director Agriculture Jammu, Hari Krishan Razdan, accompanied by team of officers on Thursday chaired a meeting here at Majalata.
The director stressed on the importance of Pulse Development Programme which is aimed at increasing production of pulses through area expansion and productivity enhancement, restoring soil fertility, creating employment opportunities, and enhancing farm level economy, an official handout read.
“Being an issue of national importance,” Razdan directed the staff to work with mission mode for identification of area for coverage under pulse crops like mash, moog, soybean, gram or peas, etc. and to submit the survey reports immediately in this regard.
Interacting with the farmers, Razdan asked them to diversify their farming through apiculture, mushroom growing, seed production, vegetable cultivation, oilseed and pulse production to achieve the goal of doubling the farmer’s income by 2022. He also advised them to spare at least some land for pulse cultivation as it will fetch them good returns, the handout read.