Handing over sanction letters for 100 tractors to the farmers and 1035 threshers for Panchayats, Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said Agriculture and horticulture key drivers of J&K’s economic growth.
Farmers adopting cash crops have witnessed steady increase in income, Mr Sinha said adding mechanization of farming will lead to sweeping changes and help farmers produce more.
He said we have ensured efficient use of seed technologies, high density plantation, nutrient management, widespread adoption of integrated dairy farming scheme to make J&K Agricultural Powerhouse.
As a part of agricultural mechanization support to the farmers for broader economic transformation, LG today handed over sanction letters for 100 tractors to the farmers and 1035 threshers for Panchayats at Agriculture Complex, Lal Mandi.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated the beneficiary farmers and Panchayat members who received sanction letters today.
Mechanization of farming is one of the important factors to transform the agriculture sector. It will further lead to sweeping changes and help farmers produce more, said the Lt Governor.
Terming Agriculture & horticulture sectors as key drivers of UT’s economic growth, the Lt Governor said that the government has ensured efficient use of seed technologies, high-density plantation, nutrient management, and widespread adoption of integrated dairy farming scheme to make J&K Agricultural Powerhouse.
Listing the reforms introduced by the government to transform the agriculture sector, the Lt Governor observed that the agriculture department is providing facilities like cold storage, market linkages and food processing units, besides developing a strong framework for farmer-industry connect and generating employment opportunities for rural youth to bridge the urban-rural divide.
The Lt Governor advised the farmers to adopt new ways like cash crops, intercropping along with traditional agriculture for the steady increase in farm income..
On the interventions made by the J&K Government to strengthen Farm Mechanization, the Lt Governor observed that the government is setting up Custom Hiring Centers and Farm Machinery Banks in different parts of the UT. As many as 151 Custom Hiring Centers and 122 Farm Machinery Banks have also been started so far, he added.
Making strides in transforming the agricultural sector, the Government has set the target of providing 500 tractors to the farmers. Similarly, we had decided to provide threshers to panchayats for harvesting of paddy and maize. As many as 1147 threshers were given earlier and sanction letters for 1035 are being issued today, added the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor underscored the interventions made by the government for the promotion of the local products. Now NAFED will sell Kashmir’s Saffron at all its outlets across the country, thereby providing another option to the farmers to sell their produce at attractive prices, he added.
Apart from Saffron, J&K is number one in the whole country in the production of Apple, Walnut and Almond, and I hope that the upcoming industries in food processing sector will help the farmer’s income to grow manifold in the coming days, said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor observed that the reforms brought in the agriculture and allied sector are yielding encouraging results. Online organic certification has also started in J&K to facilitate registration and ensure growth in organic farming, he said.
For the first time in history, 2000 trucks of vegetables have been exported from Jammu and Kashmir to other parts of the country. J&K has achieved top position in the entire country with a yield of 70 quintals per hectare of paddy. We are converting 60,000 hectares of Basmati agricultural land into high productivity land, the Lt Governor observed.
In the last one year, we have produced a record 5400 metric tonnes of mushroom and 22,182 quintals of honey. Kisan Credit Cards have been made available to more than 11 lakh 60 thousand farmer brothers. Today, Rs 8,000 cr worth market of apples is changing the lives of 30 lakh people connected with the sector, he added.
The Lt Governor also spoke on the remarkable progress being made in the dairy sector.
Mr Sinha asked the youth to take up agriculture and allied activities as career options. In agriculture and horticulture, there will be no shortage of finance and cooperation from the administration, he added.
He also pointed out the measures taken by the government in terms of pesticides, fertilizers, besides imparting training to the farmers. He further suggested promoting cooperative agriculture and horticulture by constituting clusters.
On the occasion, the Lt Governor launched the Website of Organic Certification Agency. With the launch of the website, the facility of registration will be available to the farmers of Jammu and Kashmir with linkage to national and international markets, he said.
Meanwhile, the Lt Governor felicitated progressive farmers and released Seed Dynamics book and Saffron Booklet. He also inspected stalls displayed in the Farmers’ organic market and launched Veterinary Ambulatory Services.
Srinagar district admin inspects market to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols
In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Srinagar, a district administration team on Tuesday inspected the markets of the city to ensure proper implementation of the protocols.
Srinagar Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Hanief Balkhi said that the team was inspecting the markets to ensure that the shopkeepers and people follow all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the health department.
“We just want them to wear masks, take all the precautions and protect themselves. We do not want to impose fines, seal shops or register FIRs. And we are happy that 99 per cent of the shopkeepers are wearing masks,” he stated.
“It is usually the buyers who do not wear masks. So, we have distributed the masks as well. By and large, things have improved and people are following protocols,” he added.
The ADC also informed that a few shops have been sealed for the violation of Covid-19 protocols. “A few shops have been sealed. But that is not our intention. We just want people to be careful,” he said.
Meanwhile, the schools reopened in Srinagar for classes 10th and 12th on Monday and things are slowly returning back to normal in the city.
Man killed, woman injured in lightning
A man was killed and a woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Tuesday.
They said a group of farmers were working in their fields when lightning strike at Panchas in Badgam Monday evening.
A 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Shakeela Banu were injured.
Both the injured were rushed to hospital where Gulzar was declared brought dead, they said.
Majority areas in the Kashmir valley, including parts of Srinagar, witnessed heavy snowfall and lightning for several hours on Monday evening.
Srinagar schools reopen for classes 10, 12 with COVID-19 protocols in place
Adhering to COVID-19 protocols, schools in Srinagar reopened on Monday for classes 10 and 12. Students were seen happy and enthusiastic at the resumption of physical classes.
A student of Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Kothibagh, Srinagar, Bushra said, “I am feeling very happy at the resumption of classes. Teachers were doing a lot of effort in online classes, but we were not comfortable. Physical classes are good because we can interact with teachers whenever we want.”
She further said that schools are properly taking care of COVID-19 protocols and providing masks and sanitisers.
“I was missing the school a lot. I was not able to study properly in online classes due to internet issues. In-person classes are always best, so I always enjoy physical classes in school,” another student, Arbeena from the same school said.
Expressing happiness about meeting friends in the school, a student, Humaira Manzoor said, “I am very happy that schools have reopened. Now I can meet my friends and teachers. Even, I was not able to study anything at home due to network issues.”
Further, a teacher of the English Faculty in the same school, Shabina Taj said, “We are getting very good response from students. All the students are very happy about physical classes. Students are even bringing their queries to discuss with us. Also, staff and students, both are following the SOPs issued by government.”
On September 5, Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered the reopening of schools for students of class 12 and 10 and staff with 50 per cent capacity.
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