Committed to inclusive development through e-Governance: Secretary APD

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Srinagar: To review the status of Nation e- Governance Plan in Agriculture (NeGP-A) and National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) in the State of Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Secretary Agriculture Production Department Manzoor Ahmad Lone chaired a high level meeting of state empowered committee here at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi Srinagar.
Addressing the meeting Secretary Agriculture said the department is committed to inclusive development through e- Governance and providing maximum services to the farmers through the click of the button. He said there is a need for the use of technology in the implementation of different centrally sponsored schemes and flagship programs to get the desired results.
Lone highlighted the need for bridging the digital divide between the urban and rural areas of the state. Artificial intelligence is the answer to most of the problems being faced by the farmers, e-governance is instrumental in transparent service delivery system he said and added.
“e-governance is playing an important role in empowering citizens and improving the delivery system, enabling to reach the benefits of the welfare schemes of the department to the farmers,” Lone said.
While talking of National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture Secretary Agriculture said NMSA has been formulated for enhancing agricultural productivity and to make agriculture more sustainable remunerative and climate resilient viz a viz conserve natural resources through appropriate soil and water management procedures.
He impressed upon the officers to develop a comprehensive program for the capacity building of farmers and stakeholders. He asked them to develop model agriculture villages in all the districts of state where agriculture and all the allied departments including Horticulture, animal husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries could showcase their activities in an integrated manner.
Meeting approved the action plan of Rs 196.58 Lakh under N-eGP and Rs 1860.89 Lakh under NMSA for the year 2018-19.
Earlier Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi who is also the state nodal officer of (NeGP-A), (NMSA) gave a detailed power point presentation highlighting the achievements and activities under these schemes.
Among others Director General Planning A.K. Gandhotra, Director Agriculture Jammu H.K Razdan, Director Horticulture M.A Quadri, Dr M. Sharief Director Sheep Husbandy Kashmir, Sonum Lotus Director Meteorology, and representatives of Fisheries, Horticulture Jammu, Animal Husbandry and SKUAST K were also present.