Restructuring of Agriculture Department on anvil: Mir

JAMMU: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir, today chaired a high level meeting of officers of Agriculture department to discuss in detail proposed re-organization and restructuring of the department in the State.

Minister of State for Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi was also present in the meeting.

Terming agriculture sector as major contributor in state’s economy, the Minister elaborated on the necessity for adding new dimensions to the department in view of today’s threats like climate change, global warming, shrinking of land, water and forest resources etc.

Mir said that Agriculture Department has proposed re-structuring of the department to make the boundaries of the departmental units’ co-terminus with Panchayats and blocks. He further said that departmental structure at district level will be strengthened with dedicated teams and supervising officers, tasked to look after plant health, apiculture department, development of mushroom cultivation and soil health.

The Minister said that fine –tuning of infrastructural set-up as per needs and the requirements of the farming community  is need of the hour and added that the State Government is totally committed for making the State self sufficient in food grains. He said, no doubt many revolutionary steps have already been taken in this regard, but still there is a long way to go. He stressed upon the officers to share their latest know how with the farmers at the ground level. He also said that introduction of central sponsored schemes like RKVY,TM, Seed village, National vegetable initiative, ATMA,ISOPOM etc have necessitated revisiting our present organizational set- up and make it more effective and famer–friendly. 

Earlier, Director Agriculture Department, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, through power point presentation, informed the meeting about various new steps being taken to make the department more vibrant and its field functionaries responsive and accountable.

Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Dr. Asgar Samoon, Director Agriculture Department Kashmir, Mr. Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and other senior officers of the department were present in the meeting.

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