Chemical free crop cultivation needs to be encouraged: Director Agriculture Kashmir
Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal today visited Budnambal Chowkibal area of Kupwara district. Director Agriculture addressed a huge gathering of farmers, agri-entrepreneurs and representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Director Agriculture highlighted the importance of agriculture sector and said agriculture is an important sector and contributes immensely to the economy of the region. He said 70-80% of the population is directly or indirectly associated with this sector.
Chowdhary Iqbal marked the various initiatives taken by the Department for strengthening agriculture sector in the region. He said Department is reaching out to the farming community in every corner of the valley. A number of farmer centric programs and initiates have been introduced by the Department for the upliftment of farming sector in the region, he said and added.
Talking about the Budnambal and adjoining areas Director Agriculture said that there are agriculture crops which are by default organic, therefore Budnambal would be promoted as organic village for Potato/Rajmash. The site has been identified for the establishment of Potato Farm in the area, he further said.
In his address, Director Agriculture assured the farmers that organic certification, marketing facilities would be provided to the farmers of the area so that they could fetch maximum returns for their produce.
Earlier, a delegation lead by Sarpanch Budnambal Ghulam Nabi Lone called on Director Agriculture and brought various agriculture related issues into his notice. Director Agriculture assured him that all the genuine demands would be taken up on priority basis.
Director Agriculture was accompanied by Chief Agriculture Officer Kupwara Nazir Ahmad Wani, Divisional Seed Certification Officer Kashmir Sheikh Imran, Sub Divisional Agriculture Officer Handwara and other senior officers.