‘Sitaharan village to be developed as potato seed village’
SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Monday said youth will be trained as per the procedures adopted by developed agriculture economies of the world to promote potato seed production. He said incentives will be provided to the farmers including training, technical guidance and special equipments of farming.
Andrabi said this during his visit to Sitaharan and adjoining villages of Beerwah Sub-Division of district Budgam to assess the impact of various technological interventions and innovative initiatives adopted by the farmers during the current Kharief season.
He said Sitaharan village would be developed as ‘potato seed village’. Potatoes on special lines will be cultivated in this village and adjoining areas, because of its agro-climatic suitability and optimum ecological requirements for potato cultivation, an official handout read.
Andrabi had an interaction with the farmers at Sitaharan hearing to the problems being faced by them. Farmers raised various demands before the director who assured redressal to their grievances on priority.
He also interacted with the extension functionaries involved in the technological dissemination and implementation of various GoI-sponsored schemes and flagship programmes. He stressed upon them to work with commitment to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the farmers in general, small and marginal farmers in particular through the adoption of latest technology and integrated farming.
Andrabi directed the field functionaries to organise awareness initiatives for farmers and highlighted the importance of reducing the cost of production, diversification, focussed attention on post-harvest management and marketing of the produce. “Department is planning a pan-Kashmir drive to organise special training programmes for youth to adopt global skills in farming sector,” Andrabi said.
He also visited the farm of an award winning farmer/agri entrepreneur at Sitaharan village asking the said entrepreneur to share his experience with the farmers of the area so that they could also adopt the modern concept of farming for their economic progress, the handout added.