Commissioner Agriculture reviews Centrally Sponsored Schemes

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 15: To work out a strategy for bringing transparency in implementation of various schemes/Programmes, Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Tuesday chaired a meeting of Head of Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Sheep Husbandry and other allied departments here.

The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir/ Jammu, Director Horticulture, Sheep Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Jammu & Kashmir and other senior officers of the Departments.

During the meeting, Commissioner Secretary reviewed department wise strategies worked out by different Heads of Departments for implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, such as RKVY, MIDH, NAMSA & other schemes at ground level. He impressed upon the officers that the beneficiary should be selected in consultation with the Punchayat Institutions.

While taking a review of Horticulture Department, Commissioner Secretary was apprized that 14958.6 hectares is under Horticulture Crops in Jammu Division including Apple, Citrus Fruits and Nut fruits and a production of 314396.57 MTs is expected this year. There is also one high density planting nursery in Ramban on having exotic plants.

Director Agriculture, Jammu informed the Commissioner that 7000 farmers have been covered under awareness programmes for transfer of technology from Lab to Land.

During the meeting, Director Agriculture, Kashmir said that a vision has been created for food security and programmes/ schemes are being implemented at grass root level in consultation with PRIs. He said modern technology is being used to increase the production. He added that quality control labs/ soil testing/ fertilizer testing labs will be functional soon, as the purchase of equipments for laboratories is in the pipeline. The soil testing labs at District headquarters like Baramulla and Pulwama are functional and are catering to the needs of farmers.

 Director Command Area, Kashmir said that a big project has been commissioned in Bearwah on Sukhnal Nalah that help irrigate 9028 hectares of land. The Commissioner impressed upon the officers to gear-up the field functionaries, so that the money is used judiciously.

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