‘Financial empowerment, attracting innovative minds towards farming sector top priorities’
SRINAGAR: Reviewing the overall implementation scenario of different GoI-sponsored schemes and flagship programmes in Kashmir division, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi in a meeting on Saturday stated that financial empowerment of farming community and to attract more young innovative minds towards agriculture sector were the top priorities of the department.
Director Agriculture listed a series of measures to be taken by the department for efficient implementation of different projects. He stressed for the prompt intervention by the department for improvement in the work culture and asked the officers to prepare fortnightly and monthly plans for achieving targets to ensure efficient services to the farmers, an official handout read.
Calling for close monitoring of schemes, especially flagship programmes, Andrabi said increasing the frequency of awareness deliberations would yield positive results in the farming sector, “which is the backbone of employment generation”, the handout read.
Describing entrepreneurship in farming sector as “need of the hour”, Andrabi asked the officers to “make all possible efforts to attract young and fresh innovative minds towards farming sector”.
A number of measures were discussed in the meeting including punctuality in the field offices, Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) monitoring, holding awareness programmes, distribution of soil health cards, distribution of agriculture inputs, review of seed village programmes, speedy expenditure of available funds only through DBT mode, close monitoring of different field crops, women empowerment, climate change resilient programme, organic farming, etc.
Director agriculture emphasised on wide spread benefits of farming community under various programmes of socio economic development and women empowerment.
The officers have been asked for immediate road maps for roll out of developmental and economic projects for the maximum benefit of farmers. Andrabi stressed for compulsory touring by officers to concern villages to assess developmental gaps and interventions required by the department, the handout added.