Srinagar- The successful conclusion of the third tourism working group meeting of the G20 countries here is a huge lesson for those who have frequently tried to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said here on Thursday.
“The tourism meeting of the G20 countries concluded on May 25. The successful G20 meeting in J-K is not only a matter of happiness for the country, but a huge lesson for those who have frequently tried to create trouble in J-K,” Sinha said, addressing a function at SKICC here.
The LG said such a large number of people could only participate because of the dawn of change ushered under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership since 2019, the year the Centre abrogated Article 370.
“I do not want to go into the details, but the achievements made in various sectors in Jammu and Kashmir, have increased the belief of the people in the administration and the current PM,” Sinha said.
Jammu and Kashmir has come a long way, and places like Shopian or Pulwama districts in south Kashmir, which the country knew for other reasons, saw the participation of more than 10,000 youths in the Tiranga yatra, the LG said.
“These youths chanted ‘Bharat mata ki ai’ carrying Tiranga in their hands. This is the change Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed in the last three years. We resolve to work towards the target set by the PM for J-K. Undoubtedly, not only will J-K integrate with India, but it will also have an important contribution towards developed India,” Sinha said.
He was addressing the World Milk Day Celebration and summer meet for Animal Husbandry and Dairy Sector.
Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying presided over the event organized by Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department and Agriculture Production Department of J&K UT.
The LG said that the aim of his government is to write a new chapter in the history of Jammu and Kashmir’s animal husbandry, agriculture and allied sectors, and to create new avenues for farmers and youth entrepreneurs.
He said the celebration of World Milk Day in J&K is a significant opportunity to acknowledge the important contribution of dairy farmers, entrepreneurs and all stakeholders in the growth journey of dairy industry.
“Exchange of ideas during the two-day long summer meet will help in identifying new viable strategies for upgrading the technological capabilities of livestock sector, significant interventions for dairy sector’s productivity, processing and value addition,” he added.
The LG shared the efforts of the UT Government for creating new opportunities and introducing interventions to make Animal Husbandry and Dairy Sector more lucrative for all the stakeholders.
“Dairy makes an important contribution to prosperity of the society and to wellbeing, economic activity of the farming families. The UT government attaches the highest importance to sustained increase in productivity and growth of dairy sector,” he said.
Sinha highlighted the contribution of dairy sector in giving impetus to the rural economy and providing livelihood to a large population associated with the sector.
“Dairy sector continues to play a vital role in Agriculture GDP and such deliberations will play a pivotal role in energising research and extension efforts and modifications required for livestock management and productivity enhancements,” he said.
He said the Jammu Kashmir is strengthening its ties with other countries and states to transform the livestock and dairy sector and to improve farmers’ remuneration. We are taking reformative measures to unlock the huge untapped potential of Animal Husbandry, Agriculture and allied sector, he added.
“Fodder production, improving wool quality and addressing issues like inbreeding are other focus areas of the government. We will become self-sufficient in fodder production with 80% fodder being grown locally,” he added.
Speaking on the Holistic Agriculture Development Program (HADP), the LG said that his government is committed to create new avenues to farmers and youth entrepreneurs.
He said J&K government’s aim is to write a new chapter in the history of animal husbandry, agriculture and allied sector of Jammu Kashmir.
“Under the Holistic Agriculture Development Program, the UT government is launching Integrated Dairy Development scheme that will not only provide social safety net to the farmers but also provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the people,” Sinha added.
The LG shared the valuable suggestions on financial inclusion of farmers and easy credit access to farming community of J&K UT. He stressed on the need to make the banking system streamlined for the welfare of farmers.
“We must identify the 25 potential projects of agriculture and allied sector and rope in reputed universities and educational institutions to work out strategies through which these projects can fulfill the needs of the country,” Sinha said.
He cited the example of SKUAST which was recently directed to explore the possibilities of growing Tulip’s planting material in J&K instead of relying on imports.
The LG expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Rupala for their continuous support for the development of agriculture & allied sector in Jammu Kashmir and also for including the UT in the pilot launch of the National Digital Livestock Mission.
He also urged the Government of India to make a list of PMUs for guiding the projects of Agriculture sector and also called for considering J&K UT for International funding on the same pattern as received by other Himalayan States and UTs.
Earlier, the Union Minister highlighted the initiatives like vaccination services; Mobile Veterinary Units, and other endeavours of the Government and the role of cooperatives in the growth of the dairy sector.
He also lauded the LG led UT Administration for achieving unprecedented growth in Dairy, Agriculture and allied sector.
“Enthusiastic participation of Dairy and Sheep farmers in this historic event reflects affection and trust of people of Jammu Kashmir in the policies and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Rupala said.
Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State; Dr. L. Murugan, Union MoS; Ministers from different states and UTs; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor, J&K; Ms. Alka Upadhyaya, Union Secretary and Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, J&K also graced the occasion.
Feeding the Future: Five Days of Action for Feed and Fodder campaign and A-HELP training programme were launched on the occasion. (With PTI inputs)
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