Seed Village, Mother Orchard, Root Stock Bank established in Srinagar
Srinagar: In order to review the implementation of Holistic Agriculture Development programme (HADP) in the district, a meeting was on Thursday held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad at Meeting Hall of the DC Office Complex, here.
At the outset, the DC took a detailed overview about the implementation of HADP in the district through the PowerPoint presentations made by departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture etc. The DC also took first hand appraisal about the progress regarding achievement of targets and sensitizing farmers about new interventions approved under the HADP to ensure that the benefits reach the intended beneficiaries under the programme.
During the meeting, the DC who is also the Chairman District Implementation Committee (DLIC), accorded approval for establishment of 93 income generating units (IGUs) in favour of beneficiaries of Srinagar district.
On the occasion, the meeting was informed that a Seed Village has been established by the Agriculture Department at Chatterhama under HADP for procurement of paddy to the beneficiary farmers.
Similarly, the Horticulture Department has established Mother Orchard at Zakura and Root Stock Bank at Zawoora village under HADP at a cost of Rs 39.38 lakh and 82.97 lakh respectively.
During the meeting, the DC was apprised that as many as 29 projects under HADP are being implemented in Srinagar District including 17 by the Agriculture Department.
The DC was also given a detailed overview about the initiatives taken under HDAP for development of seed and seed multiplication chain, promotion of mushroom cultivation, apiculture, vegetables/ exotic vegetables under open and hi-tech protected cultivation, alternate agriculture system for sustainability, promotion of oil seeds and commercial cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants.
The progress with regard to formulation of FPOs and Farm Mechanization for Resource Use Efficiency in Agriculture in Srinagar district was also discussed threadbare besides Technological Intervention for Fish Seed and Trout Production was also discussed.
Similarly, the DC reviewed implementation of interventions and list of production of designer plants for promotion of high density plantation and rejuvenation of orchards under HADP.
Likewise, other allied departments also briefed the DC about the activities taken up under HADP and the targets achieved so far.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the HADP initiative is a major step towards creating a sustainable and profitable agricultural ecosystem. He said the programme aims to empower farmers with knowledge and tools that can help them enhance their productivity and profitability while also contributing to the overall growth of the agriculture sector.
The DC further said that the programme also provides a platform to the farmers to interact with experts from the Agricultural and allied department and seek their advice on various aspects of farming, besides enhancing agricultural productivity, improve livelihoods, and contribute to the overall economic growth.