Massive Campaign To Double Oilseed Cultivation Area Continues

Farooq Khan, Navin Choudhary take stock of the progress

SRINAGAR: On the second day of Agriculture Department’s massive campaign under “National Mission on Edible Oils” to double the area under oilseeds, (Mustard), Advisor to LG, Farooq Khan on Thursday chaired a meeting to take stock of the progress made during this massive drive.

Speaking on the occasion, Advisor Khan said that the Government is determined to give thrust to the agriculture sector to boost the production and to improve the socio economic status of the farmers of UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal gave a detailed presentation of various activities organized during this valley wide massive campaign including awareness programs, interactive sessions, field visits, participation in sowing programs, bike and car rallies etc.

Meanwhile, Principal Secretary Agriculture Production and Farmer’s Welfare Department (AP&FWD), Navin Kumar Choudhary visited Kangan and other areas of district Ganderbal on Thursday to take stock of the massive oilseed drive held by the Department of Agriculture.

During the visit, the Principal Secretary monitored the sowing operations at some places and interacted with the farmers. Principal Secretary said that earlier after harvesting the paddy crop only a small percentage of land was brought under oilseed cultivation, but now the Department has held a drive to ensure that more and more area is brought under the cultivation of oilseeds in the Valley.

The Principal Secretary said that the Prime Minister’s vision to minimize the dependence on the import of edible oils is the actual idea behind this massive campaign to double the area under the cultivation of oilseeds.

Navin Choudhary said that we are importing a large quantity of edible oils from other countries and by organizing such drives we could increase our own edible oil production to a large extent. He said this drive will not only increase our local edible oil production but it will also increase the income of our farming community and will help in the socio economic transformation which is the ultimate goal. He said the present massive drive is on, from last ten days. He ensured the farmers that every kind of technical support would be provided to them from the Department.

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