Director Horticulture inaugurates Farmers Machinery Mela

SRINAGAR: Director Horticulture Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Saturday inaugurated a Farmers Machinery Mela here Saturday at Lal Mandi Srinagar.
The event witnessed the participation of fruit growers where Registered/genuine Dealers/Retailers of Horticulture Machinery/implements were put on sale on subsidized rates for the fruit growers sponsored by Department of Horticulture in District Srinagar.
Director Horticulture on the occasion distributed farm machinery on subsidized rates to the fruit growers of District Srinagar who were identified as beneficiaries after ascertaining their genuineness and the required feasibility thereof. Machine Mela is one of the interventions under which farmers are provided a multi-dealers platform in order to affect the purchases of genuine machinery.
Director Horticulture addressed the participants on the occasion of its inaugural ceremony that the Department is bound to strengthen the Farm sector with adequate machinery/implements tools necessary for various cultural operations required in Orchard management. The objective of strengthening the farm sector is to ensure that quality fruit production will result in doubling the farmer’s income as per the aspiration of the Prime Minister of India. The Director made it clear that the Department of Horticulture is working on a war footing basis for strengthening the farm sector for establishment and maintenance of orchards in the farmer’s field.
Director emphasized that the Department of Horticulture has devised a model to work in transparent order for the release of assistance/subsidies in favour of the beneficiaries and besides this the farmers are given an opportunity to purchase farm machinery under various schemes as per the farmer’s choice from the reliable and genuine source without wasting their precious time.
Director also made it clear for the general public that there is no dearth of funds with the Department for implementation of various schemes for the welfare and benefit of the fruit growers. Besides, this Department is continuously making efforts with the new technological interventions to support fruit growers with improved farm machinery, commercially viable cultivars of fruit crops etc.

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