Says awareness key to farmers’ socio-economic development
SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Monday said that awareness regarding different sponsored schemes and flagship programmes among farmers holds key to their socio-economic development. He said that department was “making all efforts to shape up a knowledge based farming community”. “Technology undoubtedly is playing a magnificent role in farming sector but the role of proper awareness cannot be ruled out,” he added.
Andrabi was on an extensive visit to district Budgam. This was his second field visit. During the visit, Andrabi inaugurated a farmers’ awareness camp at Wathoora, read an official handout.
Referring to the schemes which were incomplete, Andrabi directed the executing agencies to “immediately accelerate the pace of implementation and complete all the targets within stipulated time frame”.
Going tough against the poor performance of some officials of the department, he ordered an enquiry into this matter and directed the concerned chief agriculture officer to “keep the increments of these officials on withhold with immediate effect” till further orders. Director said that the poor performance would be dealt strictly, the handout read.
The director, on the sidelines of the visit also held a meeting with officers and heard their views and suggestions about the implementation of different programmes, particularly those relating to the RKVY, PKVY, NFSM and infrastructural needs in the district. Taking note of the suggestions, particularly those relating to making availability agriculture implements and machinery to the farmers, Andrabi directed the Chief Agriculture Officer, Budgam to immediately submit a requirement proposal for the procurement of machinery well in time.
Andrabi also visited different seed villages and impressed upon the officers to ensure that quality seed was made available to the farmers at their doorsteps, the handout added.