Vital Steps Needed to Boost Agri- Sector: Rashpal
Srinagar – In order to enhance the state agriculture sector, authorities on Monday said that the vital steps were needed to make the sector booming with opportunities.
Meanwhile a meeting of Srinagar District Advisory Board for Development of Kissans was held here today under the chairmanship of Rachpal Singh, Vice Chairman Jammu and Kashmir State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans.
In the meeting the problems confronted to the farming community of the district were discussed at length. On spot directions were issued to the concerned officers for taking remedial measures for mitigating the problems of the farmers.
The vice chairman instructed the Executive Engineer Irrigation for formulation of proposal for provision of proper irrigation facilities at various places as demanded by the Orchardists, farmers.
He issued instructions to the Chief Horticulture Officer setting up of nurseries so that the fruit plants conducive to the atmosphere of the area are provided to the orchardists. The Vice Chairman informed the meeting that as per norms no guarantee is required for loan up to Rs. one lakh to the farmers on Kissan Credit Card.
The lead Bank Officer was directed to get all the pending cases cleared for grant of loan which are in different banks of the District. The confirmation regarding the number cases in which loan on Kissan Credit Cards have been granted during last year and current financial year was also provided.
The Chief Agriculture Officers was asked for preparation and issuance of Kissan Credit Cards to the left over farmers as early as possible. He along with District Horticulture Officer was issued instructions for preparation of Soil Health cards and soil testing laboratory in the District which should be made functional at an earliest.
He also directed the Chief Agriculture Officer to get the enforcement wing activated so that the sale of spurious fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides is stopped.
It was also stressed for maintenance of irrigation canals and construction of check dams for provision of irrigation facilities to farming community.
Instructions were issued to the concerned department for setting up of small milk plants, cold stores, sheep farms and diary units by involving the local unemployed youth who can be given incentives/subsidies for setting up such units by the Government under Sher-i-Kashmir Employment Scheme.
The District Sheep Husbandry Officers/Animal Husbandry Officers were directed for provision of mobile veterinary centers.
The Chief Agriculture/Horticulture Officers were instructed to provide more and more Vermi compost pits to the farmers so that use of organic fertilizers is encouraged. He also stressed for maintaining quality for horticulture products conservation of agriculture land and prevention its control for non-agricultural purposes.
Among others, Secretary Kissan Board G. N. Mir, Director ex-SUKAST Prof. A. Kamali, Joint Director DDC/Srinagar Qazi Aijaz Rashid, Deputy Director AMO/Hort, Chief Agriculture Officer G. M. Rather and other senior officers of the concerned departments were present on the occasion.
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