Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, on Monday stated that the agriculture sector within the Union Territory will get extra share of the finances element in future as a singular sustainable agriculture plan has been developed in J&Okay, which at the moment caters to all developmental wants with out compromising future potential.
Talking on the event of Horti-Expo 2021 at Police Auditorium in Gulshan Floor right here, he stated, “The promotion of native produce and taking it to the worldwide market is among the key focus areas of the J&Okay authorities and it’s making steady efforts to extend the assets and market linkages to additional strengthen the horticulture sector. The UT authorities would proceed striving onerous to offer the most effective and superior applied sciences to farmers as welfare of the farmer neighborhood and rising their earnings manifold is its precedence.”
“I guarantee farmers that mandis are very a lot right here to remain,’’ the Lieutenant Governor stated, including, “In truth, they’re getting strengthened and modernized. Folks mustn’t unfold false info and mislead the farmers.”
Sinha stated that the federal government can be establishing farmers producers organizations in all of the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir within the subsequent three months to strengthen enterprise actions associated to agriculture and horticulture.
For the comfort of the farmers, free thresher is being offered in each panchayat of the UT. Street tax on tractors of as much as 3000 CC capability has additionally been exempted and no tax can be paid on energy tillers, he added.
In the previous few years, J&Okay is getting distinct recognition on the earth situation beneath the in a position steerage of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and due to the onerous work of farmers, agricultural scientists and insurance policies adopted by the Horticulture Division, he stated. He requested the agriculture division to develop new state-of-the-art scientific analysis programmes and take them from lab to farm beneath mission mode in order to make J&Okay self-reliant in meals security.
Sinha reiterated the federal government’s dedication of exploring all the probabilities for giving an extra push to the event of precedence sectors like agriculture and horticulture. He recalled the lately held NITI Aayog assembly through which he had requested the Prime Minister to offer facility of dry port and worldwide flights to Jammu and Kashmir in order that merchandise, together with these associated to agriculture and horticulture, may very well be exported immediately.
He has additionally requested the NITI Aayog that as a substitute of spreading the assets, the Central authorities may think about particular product-based funding programmes. “Our Nationwide Saffron Mission was profitable due to its concentrate on one product,” the Lt Governor stated.
He noticed that experiments like Saffron Mission can be used for different crops similar to apples, walnuts, almonds, and many others., which might cowl the complete worth chain of inputs, farms, processing, packing and storage. This can even cut back dependence on rice and wheat and the funding coming from the federal government will go on to worth addition and processing models, he added.
The Lt Governor additionally recounted the modern measures taken by the federal government to spice up the horticulture produce within the UT.
He stated that the federal government of Jammu and Kashmir has signed a MoU with NAFED, by which high-density apples, walnuts, mangoes, strawberries and litchies can be cultivated in 5,500 hectares within the subsequent 5 years. NAFED can even create three chilly storage clusters in Kathua, North and South Kashmir with an quantity of Rs 500 crore.
The Lt Governor additionally careworn on the necessity to pay extra consideration in the direction of allied actions similar to Beekeeping and Dairy growth and warranted authorities help for the event of those sectors.
Below the federal government’s Mission for Built-in Improvement of Horticulture or MIDH, many devices and services are being offered to the farmers, he stated. “A whole lot of services are being made out there by the federal government to facilitate farmers and making certain good well being of crops. Sponsored charges are being made out there to the farmers on the fabric for the high-density plantation, as a consequence of which the manufacturing has additionally elevated virtually 4 occasions,” he added.
The Lt Governor noticed that the Ministry of Agriculture of the Central Authorities has signed a MoU with greater than 60 nations. The MoU focusses on cooperation in analysis and growth in agriculture, horticulture and different allied sectors in addition to offering a worldwide market and full cooperation by the federal government for all actions.