Said of efforts to increase productivity through the infusion of traditional knowledge, modern science and technology
Jammu: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha said on Monday that his administration is giving fresh impetus to organic agriculture to bring about a paradigm shift in agrarian policy, rural prosperity and improved incomes and quality of life for the people. farmers.
He said that 500 enterprising farmers will benefit each year from hands-on assistance and knowledge-based intervention to exploit the potential of organic products in the Union territory.
Sinha was speaking after the inauguration of ‘Kissan Mela’ at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu.
He laid the foundation stone for the new faculties of Horticulture and Forestry, Agricultural Engineering and Dairy Technology.
According to an official press release, the LG commended the university for bringing together entrepreneurs, technocrats, policy makers and farmers from J&K, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand on a plat -common form. The exchange of ideas and knowledge will encourage agricultural innovation and motivate farmers to adopt production techniques, he added.
The LG has enlisted various initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of the farming community.
“We are striving to increase productivity by bringing in traditional knowledge, modern science and technology, providing improved marketing facilities and solving several other issues such as electricity, irrigation, cheaper credit and rural infrastructure,” LG said.
“A new impetus is being given to organic agriculture to bring about a paradigm shift in agrarian policy, rural prosperity and improved incomes and quality of life for farmers,” he added.
The LG also highlighted the farmer-centric reforms introduced by the government over the past two years to empower J&K farmers, increasing their incomes and making them AatmaNirbhar.
J&K UT is now among the top five states/UT in terms of agricultural income with a monthly income of Rs 18,918 per farmer, he added.
Greater diversification into high value crops, value addition through agricultural transformation and market linkages take our agriculture and horticulture sector to new heights and ensure an inclusive growth process. Improved air connectivity has given new impetus to the horticulture sector, LG said.
He said the UT government is constantly striving to provide farmers with direct access to modern technologies, encouraging natural farming to improve the profitability and sustainability of agriculture and related sectors.
Aggressive marketing and branding of local agricultural products, mechanization in the agriculture and horticulture sector, high density planting, diversification, better quality seeds, capacity building, GI labeling, expansion of banking facilities, Micro-irrigation has generated rich dividends for farmers and has brought about structural change in the agriculture and horticulture sector, he added.
“Vocal for Local” has opened up a plethora of opportunities for all those associated with agriculture and related sectors to grow and prosper. “We are also engaging national and international stakeholders to enhance knowledge expertise and provide global market linkages to the J&K farming community,” the LG added.
He asked J&K agricultural universities to work in mission mode to connect more farmers to organic agriculture and horticulture and familiarize them with the latest scientific know-how.
“500 enterprising farmers will benefit annually from knowledge-based intervention to harness the potential of organic produce,” LG announced.
“Bridging the rural divide is a top priority for the UT administration. A strong framework is being developed to increase employment and connect rural youth to the agriculture and horticulture industry. The administration will provide all possible support to young people involved in agricultural start-ups,” the LG observed.
“Special arrangements are being made to bring Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to all farmers. We are also giving maximum financial support to Farmer-Producer Organizations – FPOs and exploring possibilities for micro-finance institutions to meet the needs of J&K farmers,” the LG said.
“We have set ourselves the goal of converting 5,500 hectares of land into high-density plantations over the next four years. Last year, we managed to plant apples on 320 hectares and subtropical fruits on 2,400 hectares,” he added.
The LG praised the Department of Agriculture for achieving an additional storage capacity of one lakh metric tons in just 18 months.
The LG also congratulated progressive farmers, entrepreneurs, media personalities and deserving university students.
The Kisan Mela-2022 is organized in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Floriculture, Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture, Fisheries, Area Development command, etc.