Agriculture Sector Prime Priority: Govt

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Jammu – Stating that the government was focused towards the agriculture sector in the state, deputy chief minister, Tara Chand Friday said all efforts were are being done to provide required support by way of extending credit facilities and bringing technology to the farming community here.

He said the present dispensation aims to involve all stake holders associated with the agriculture field, so that welfare schemes and latest developments in the field are made accessible to the farmers.

Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of Kisan Credit Card (KCC) awareness cum registration camp at Gurha Manhasan, Pargwal Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Akhnoor, he said said that the card can save farmers from the clutches of private money lenders and provide much needed timely credit support to the farmers for their cultivation and other needs, adding that besides short term credit the card can also be used for long term credit activities like purchasing pump sets, sprays and dairy animals.

Underlining role of KCC, he said that the card can save farmers from the clutches of private money lenders and provide much needed timely credit support to the farmers for their cultivation and other needs, adding that besides short term credit the card can also be used for long term credit activities like purchasing pump sets, sprays and dairy animals.

“Through the help of KCC our farmers can individually as well as jointly avail the benefit of loans at a very nominal rate to meet various requirements associated with the agriculture profession and also for allied activities like dairy farming, fishery etc,” he said.

Calling upon farmers to utilize latest techniques in farming, the Deputy Chief Minister said use of technology in the agriculture sector can increase the yield and bring prosperity to the villages. He said besides tradition crops the farmers should also exploit the potential of cash crops and medicinal plants.

“Agriculture department has to encourage farmers for making use of latest developments in the field of agriculture so that farming profession does not loose its shine and more and more youngsters get attracted to farming,” he said.

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