SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Thursday stressed changing the narrative about agriculture and shifting to cultivate high value crops to remain relevant. He said, “Agriculture is the only sector which can change the economical status of the farming community.”
Andrabi was speaking while reviewing the working of the department in Srinagar district.
He said the mission of the department is to educate the farmers about latest agricultural technologies and innovations “so that the mindset of the farmer is changed from traditional to scientific system of agriculture”, an official release read.
The director reviewed the physical and financial achievements of various GoI-sponsored schemes which include: National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Mission of Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) and CAPEX budget for the year 2018-19.
He instructed the officers and field functionaries to be proactive and to exploit the potential of the progressive farmers in their specific fields and “educate them regarding the latest techniques of cultivation so that they adopt the same and their socio-economic condition is improved”, the release read.
Andrabi emphasised upon the officers to educate the farmers regarding the potential of high value and exotic crops and their market value. He instructed the field functionaries to be on move and to make one-to-one contact with the farmers. Andrabi also emphasised on transfer of technology and reaching out to the farmers at their doorsteps with modern techniques of crop production for sustainable agriculture, read the release.
Director Agriculture stressed on strengthening of farmer producer organisations (FPO) and boosting marketing so that role of intermediates was minimised and farmers got a good profit.
Interacting with the field staff, Andrabi stressed upon them to work in close coordination with the farmers so that the desired result was visible on the ground. He further directed the chief agriculture officer for increasing the touring of Srinagar district, monitoring the working of the field staff especially agriculture extension assistants (AEAs) for upgrading their skill and knowledge in the best interest of the farming community.
Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar, Wasim Ahmad highlighted the achievements and success stories of the district on the occasion.
The director later announced that interactive meetings with the field staff would be held across the Valley, “so that the working and capacity building among the work force of the department is enhanced”, the release added.