Value addition of agri produce must for economic sustenance of farming sector: Secy APD

Value addition of agri produce must for economic sustenance of farming sector: Secy APD
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‘Good governance initiatives taken for effective implementation of sponsored schemes’

SRINAGAR: Administrative Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD), Manzoor Ahmad Lone on Saturday said agriculture sector was a core sector and its progress was the symbolic indicator of overall development of economy. He advocated for close monitoring, effective and simultaneous implementation of reforms at all the levels.
Lone highlighted the need that farmers should be well equipped with innovations and technologies that were being adopted and practised by the developed agriculture economies of the world, so that they could remain relevant amid present global agriculture scenario, an official handout read.
He impressed upon the officers to explore avenues of value addition of different agriculture commodities so that they could support the economic sustenance of farming sector. He urged for a comparison between the pre- and post-implementation scenario of different GoI-sponsored schemes over the period of time so that ground situation could be assessed and analysed for future strategies, read the handout.
The administrative secretary was speaking during the maiden introductory-cum-review meeting of agriculture and allied departments after taking over the charge of agriculture department, here at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi.
He reviewed the functioning of agriculture and allied departments, including status of spending under different schemes and pilot projects, interventions introduced and translated into the socio-economic development of farming community besides matters concerning judicious use of funds under different programmes in infrastructure development, it further read.
Lone stressed on maintaining close coordination among different allied departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Command Area Development Department for getting the desired results and achieving the set targets.
On the occasion, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi apprised the administrative secretary about the funds availability and the achievements registered in the current financial year. He was briefed about the progress on various programmes and schemes including Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna (PKVY), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), National Mission on Saffron, Soil Health Cards, Kissan Credit Card Scheme being implemented in the state by the department.
Andrabi informed that the department had also taken some ‘good governance’ initiatives for effective implementation of GoI- and state-sponsored schemes in the state including maintenance of digital register, farmer centric WhatsApp groups at zonal levels, etc., the handout added.