Cultivation an alternative to the traditional crops: Director Agriculture Kashmir
Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi Saturday kick started sowing of peas over an area of 65 Hectare at Organic Vegetable Village Patalbagh Pampore as an alternative to the traditional crops.
Director while expressing his views on the occasion highlighted the need of adopting modern and smart agricultural practices with latest trends around the globe, to earn more remuneration for betterment of farming community.
Andrabi said after the change in Nomenclature from Agriculture Production Department to Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare, the focus of the department in addition to achieve self sufficiency in Agricultural produce has been shifted to provide better marketing platforms to the farmers and growers to safe guard the farmers interests, Department of Agriculture Kashmir is taking various pro-active steps for marketing of their crops besides providing other facilities.
Director further added that the department is providing the refrigerated vans on nominal charges to the aspiring growers to ensure the growers gets maximum reach out to the market to increase their income. Director said the Department is committed to promote the vegetable sector of valley for fulfilling domestic requirement and could create surplus vegetables which could be transported to national market. He further added that the farmers of the valley should en-cash the seasonal advantage by producing the off season and exotic vegetables for which the department is available 24/7 for providing all technical as well as logistic backup.
Director Agriculture also inspected the pace of work on the construction of borewell at the village. He directed the concern to complete the work within the stipulated time frame so that the irrigation facility to the village is assured.
Progressive vegetable growers of the village thanked district administration especially Deputy commissioner Pulwama, and the department of agriculture for adopting Patalbagh village as Organic Village and taking various initiatives for providing irrigation facilities to the village .
Plant Protection Officer Kashmir Lalit Kumar Raina, Chief Agriculture Officer Pulwama Mohammad Qasim Gani, District Agriculture Officer Extension M. Munaff Bhat, and other Senior Officers of the district were also present.