Director agriculture stresses for professional endeavour to make sector remunerative

Director agriculture stresses for professional endeavour to make sector remunerative

SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Tuesday stressed putting in all efforts and professional endeavour to make the agriculture glamorous, remunerative and profitable. He said adopting accountable and transparent mechanism would take the sector to new heights.
Andrabi was speaking during a daylong extensive visit to District Budgam. He took stock of the facilities created for newly upgraded soil testing laboratory at Budgam and instructed the concerned officers for time-bound soil testing and printing of soil health cards so that farmers could apply fertilisers accurately to their fields as per their soil status, an official release read.
The director visited various agriculture offices in the district and reviewed the working of the field functionaries. He instructed the officials for making close contacts with the farmers and to educate them about the latest technologies “so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture activities taken in their fields”. He also instructed for quantifying the changes made in agriculture sector, the release read.
Andrabi also reviewed the major achievements made during the financial year 2018-2019 under various GoI-sponsored schemes such as Rashtriya Kissan Vikas Yojna (RKVY), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Prime Minister’s Krishi Sinchayee Yojna (PMKSY), Mission on Integrated Horticulture Development (MIDH) and climate resilient programme in block Budgam and besides reviewing vegetable cluster programme, it read.
Chief Agriculture Officer Budgam, Shabir Ahmad Alaqband, while highlighting the agriculture scenario of the district and major achievements informed that climate change resilient programme had been taken up in Block Budgam funded by NABARD to the tune of Rs 12 crores and that significant impact of the project has been made under all components.
“Narkara and Bugam have been taken as vegetable clusters wherein 400 educated youths are being given technical knowhow to give boost to high quality vegetable production in collaboration with the National Horticulture Board,” he said, adding that the district had recorded a vegetable production of 249.10 metric tonnes out of which a quantity of 126 metric tonnes was exported to neighbouring states and the remaining 123.1 metric tonnes was consumed locally, the release added.