Mir Asks Youth to Opt for Agriculture

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Budgam – To provide round the year market linkage to the agriculture produce of farmers of the state, minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today said that modern storage facilities were being provided to the farmers at all village level on community basis.

While inaugurating the one day Kissan Mela cum Exhibition here, The minister said that providing market opportunities to the farmers would help them to strengthen their economy and also motivate the youth to opt agriculture as profiting activity. He said that these storage houses are being constructed on modern lines at village level.

Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Syed Aga Rohullha Mehdi, vice-chairman, Kissan Welfare Board, Rachpal Singh, and director agriculture Kashmir, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone also spoke on the occasion.

Deputy Comissioner Budgam, Khursheed Ahmad Shah, Director Command Area, Tariq Ahmad Mir, MD AGRO, Mr Ab. Majeed Bhat, MD JKHMPC and other senior officers of Agriculture were present on the occasion.

The Minister said that the main objective of conducting the Kissan Melas is to shift the technology from laboratory to field, to show case the achievements of progressive farmers among the farmers for encouraging them to adopt agriculture practices and aware them about the latest agriculture inputs and implements which are being adopted by the farmers across the globe for boosting their agriculture activity.

Mir said that “if the farmers of J&K want to compete at national level, they have to introduce mechanization and latest agri- techniques besides to useing latest agriculture inputs so as to enhance the quality production of national and global standard”.

Appreciating the progressive farmers of the state, The Minister said the mindset of the farmers have changed a lot and they want to bring revolution in agriculture and its allied sectors. He said that they are coming forward for introduction of hybrid seeds, agri techniques and mechanization in their farm fields. He said now the youths are coming forward to adopt the agriculture as profiting activity and assured that the agriculture department shall provide every assistance to them for their encouragement.

While listing the achievements of the Agriculture sector during last three years, The Minister said that our thrust area is now is to introduce mechanization in agriculture, horticulture across the state and in this direction various schemes has been launched by the departments to provide 25 to 50 percent subsidy to the farmers on the purchase agriculture machinery items from registered companies. He said during this year the department has a target to provide 77 Power tillers , 40 tractors, 142 Vermi compost units,4 bore wells,2 number of water Harvesting system , 159 poly green houses and other inputs to the farmers of Budgam district.

Stressing the need for utilizing their resources in better way Minister for Animal and sheep Husbandry, Syed Aga Rohulla said that Government has launched 6 to 7 schemes for establishment of sheep ,poultry and dairy units on which subsidy are being provided to the entrepreneurs to start their self-employment units. He said the department is trying hard to motivate more and more youths to establish their units as this sector has huge scope in providing the job opportunities.

Lauding the role of young entrepreneurships for opting it as a profiting activity, The Minister cited the example of Srinagar youth who have come to start sheep units which shows that our young generation are very much enthusiastic to make the J&K self-reliant in all sectors. He said during the last two years the import from different states to J&K in dairy, poultry and mutton has decreased very much adding that the Baramulla and Pulwama district is now exporting the milk to other districts.

VC, Kissan Welfare Board, Rachpal singh asked the farmers to cooperate with board and added that your cooperation would help to resolve the issues of farmers.

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