Director Agriculture visits Sub Division Uri Baramulla

Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal today visited sweet corn areas of North Kashmir’s Uri Subdivision of District Baramulla. During the visit Director Agriculture convened a meeting of the officers and other stakeholders to discuss the different plans for the promotion and marketing of the sweet corn in the valley.
While expressing his views director agriculture said that the department has already signed a MOU with Jammu and Kashmir Horticulture Produce Marketing & Processing Corporation (JKHPMC) and Agriculture & processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) to provide the best marketing avenues to the farmers for their produce in and outside the UT of Jammu and Kashmir. A multidimensional marketing platform would be offered to the sweet corn growers for their socio economic transformation he said and added. He asked the concerned officers to identify 10 hectares land in each zone of the Sub Division Uri for the promotion of sweet corn. He assured the farmers that a joint team of department of agriculture, market leaders with whom the department has signed MOU’s to facilitate market facilities of the farm produce within the Union Territory, National and major terminal markets will be visiting the sweet corn growing areas in the days to come.
Director Agriculture said that the Sub Division Uri of District Baramulla is first where irrigated land has been brought under the cultivation of sweet corn which increases its taste, potential of production and productivity.
Chowdhary reiterated and highlighted the importance of diversification of Agriculture. He said entrepreneurship in agriculture and allied wings is the only way forward for a prosperous, sustainable and developed agriculture sector.
Sub- Division Agriculture Officer Uri Tejpal Singh briefed the Director regarding the overall Agriculture scenario of the Sub Division.
Later on director Agriculture along with Joint Director Marketing Mohammad Qasim Gani paid a surprise visit to Seed Multiplication Farm Tappar Pattan and took stock of various activities and present scenario of Seed Production Farm. He interacted with the staff of the Farm and appreciated their work and dedication.

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