‘Unit to help farmers increase revenue’
KATHUA: GoI Minister of State for Prime Minister Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh on Thursday said ‘Seed Processing Plant & Storage Godown’ would help J&K become self-sustaining in seed production adding that the processing unit would help farmers in increasing revenue in comparison with their income from traditional grain production.
Singh laid the foundation stone of J&K’s first seed processing plant & storage godown here at village Janglote, near Panchayat Ghar, Kathua.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the plant will be made operational under the administrative control of National Seed Corporation Ltd., an official handout read.
He further informed that the farmers will be provided high quality seed of different varieties suitable for cultivation in accordance with the climate of the different regions of the state. After growing the same in their farms, the corporation will purchase the same and the seed will be sold to Agriculture Department, after proper processing and certification, which in turn will supply it to farmers of the state for sowing the same in their fields to increase their production, he added.
Besides boosting the production of farmers in the state, over 1000 people will get employment through the seed processing plant, directly or indirectly, the minister maintained.
Jitendra Singh also inaugurated ‘Digital Village’ project under Digi-Dhan at village Janglote in association with district administration Kathua, under which skill enhancement training will be provided to the youth of the area to generate employment and strengthening rural economy, the handout read.