R S PURA: The Mobile Plant Health clinics are being set up to all the districts of Jammu division to render diagnostic and surveillance services at doorsteps of the farmers.
This was disclosed by Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, while inaugurating an awareness camp cum Kissan Mela organized by J&K State Kissan Advisory Board in collaboration with Department of Agriculturte at RS Pura, Jammu.
Minister of State for Agriculture, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi, Vice Chairman J&K Kissan Advisory Board, Radhey Sham Sharma, MLC, B R Kundal, MLA, RS Pura, Professor Gharu Ram Bhagat were also present on the occasion.
Addressing a large gathering of farmers, the Minister said that the government is determined to improve the socio-economic condition of the farmers as prosperity of the state lies in their prosperity. He said that concession on tax had been given in previous years and more such concessions are proposed in the next year budget as well. He added that the Kissan Credit Card Scheme is aimed at empowering the farmers financially to enhance their purchasing capacity required for agriculture including latest machinery and seeds. He further stated that all bottlenecks in purchasing the machinery by the farmers have been removed to help them buy the machinery of their choice at liberty and the subsidy component is released in their favour. He said that the instructions have been issued to the officers to organize such awareness camps at panchayat and village level.
Gurezi impressed upon the farmers to get maximum benefit of such awareness programmes by increasing their knowledge about various schemes and techniques aimed at enhancing production and productivity. He appealed the unemployed youth to adopt agriculture and other allied activities such as dairying, mushroom cultivation etc. as self employment ventures.
Vice Chairman, Kissan Advisory Board, said that J&K is the first state in the country to have such a Board for welfare of the farmers. He added that the Board is trying its best to project the problems of the farmers and get them redressed through Agriculture and allied Departments. He disclosed that a Farmers Grievances Cell is being set up in the office of the Board to listen to register problems of farmers community.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, briefed that the department is making all out efforts to facilitate farmers with quality and timely inputs besides latest machinery on subsidized rates.
The Department of Agriculture and other allied Departments like Horticulture, Floriculture, Sericulture, Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, J&K Khadi and Village Industries board, Pesticide companies, Local progressive farmers and organic farming based companies established their stalls in the mela.
Member Kissan Advisory Board, Rajesh Bittu besides Sarpanches and Panches were also present.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, Director Extension Education SKUAST, Dr K S Risam, Director Horticulture, J N Sharma, Director CAD, Director Animal Husbandry, Director Sericulture, Director Sheep Husbandry and other officers of line departments attended the camp.
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