Kashmir Integrated Mushroom demonstration‐cum‐training centre to come up in north Kashmir
SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Monday stated that multi-dimensional approach – an efficient and judicious mechanism adopted for implementing various GoI and state-sponsored schemes during the current financial year – was key to sustainable agricultural activities.
Andrabi was speaking while reviewing all the divisional and district heads of the department here at Lalmandi, an official release read.
A detailed review regarding the implementation of various components of the action plans of GoI and state sponsored schemes for the year 2019‐20 were reviewed. The director stressed upon the officers to activate their filed staff for educating the farmers regarding the latest technological knowhow at their farms, so that the farmers get technical guidance regarding ongoing agricultural activities. He directed the officers to gear up their men and machinery for organising the training‐cum‐awareness programmes during the active cropping season, the release read.
Andrabi directed the officers that during the current season all the beneficiary-oriented programmes should be given on the basis of draw of lots and the public representative at the Panchayat level must be taken on board while distributing the inputs and machinery.
He stressed for increasing more areas under protected cultivation and also accommodating more number of farm families under farm machinery component.
To provide the quality hybrid vegetable seeds to the farmers of their own choice from the supplier of their choice, the officers were instructed to monitor the quality of the seed and accordingly to transfer the subsidy through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mode.
Director stressed for shifting to high value and exotic vegetables to earn more profits and to remain relevant.
He also instructed for revival of indigenous varieties of rice like Mushk Budji, Zag and Kamad.
“To upgrade the infrastructure of various departmental farms, fifteen hi‐tech godowns for storage of various seeds will be taken up this year,” read the release.
Regarding improvement of irrigation facilities like deep bore‐wells, tube‐wells and shallow‐wells will be provided in the current action plan and integrated mushroom demonstration‐cum‐training centre to come up in one of the north districts having the most mushroom-growing potential, it added.