ANANATNAG: District Development Commissioner (DDC) Anantnag, Khalid Jahangir on Monday stressed on the need for taking reformative measures to develop agriculture and allied sectors. He stressed to acquaint farmers with modern techniques, emerging trends of organic farming, crop diversification, processing, production and marketing aspects on scientific lines.
The DDC was speaking while reviewing the progress of agriculture and allied sectors in a meeting of the officers held here on Monday, an official handout read.
Stating that agriculture was a multi-sectoral activity and required collaboration at all levels, the DDC said, “Concerned departments have to work in a coordinated manner and as a team unit to achieve the desired results,” adding that agriculture sector is the backbone of the economy but had not attained the full potential, the handout read.
Discussions were held about achievements and difficulties, bottlenecks of the sector. The DDC urged the officers that for the revival of agriculture sector, adoption of new initiatives and modern interventions were necessary.
Directing the chief horticulture officer to explore the possibilities of using high-density grafted walnut and revival of Ambri Apple, Khalid stressed for switching from traditional plantation to high-density plantation.
The DDC directed the banks to ensure hassle-free financial support to the entrepreneurs and to clear all pending cases. To address the issue of storage capacity and post-harvest management, he directed fpr exploring the possibilities of establishing cold storage facilities in the district.
The ACD (Assistant Commissioner Development) Anantnag was directed to construct vermi-compost pits in collaboration with animal husbandry department. The DDC directed fisheries department to ensure timely availability of seed, feed and other technical support to fish growers so that fish rearing could be taken up at a larger scale as the district has great fish farming potential, the handout added.