Srinagar: The Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal on Monday stated that the administration is preparing modus operandi for the upcoming Kharief season Viz-a-via assured irrigation facilities, availability of seed (seedlings) and other inputs to the farmers at right time and technical guidance.
He asserted this during his visit to Kulgam district where he convened meeting to review the progress (Physical, Financial), on the implementation of centrally sponsored schemes.
During the meeting different centrally sponsored schemes being implemented by the department including CAPEX, RKVY, MIDH, ATMA, NFSM, PM KISAN, SOIL Health Card Scheme, KISAN Credit Card Scheme etc. were discussed in detail.
He said that during Rabi 2022-23 the department has brought a large area of land under the cultivation of oilseed on a mission mode with the aim to increase the cropping intensity so that the income of farmers could be increased.
The Director said the department is working robustly to increase the area under oilseed crops because the flowering of this crop in the months of March, April in a symbiotic manner on one hand provide flora to the honey bees and help the farmers associated with the apiculture enterprises and on the other hand these honey bees contribute to the pollination and result the increase of production and productivity of crop.
He said this activity leads to the increase in the production of oilseed crops and lowers the dependence on the import of edible oils from other parts of the country.
Director Agriculture highlighted the importance of organic, exotic vegetable cultivation in the area and said the department has already introduced a multidimensional marketing model wherein the farmers are provided with the marketing facilities at their doorsteps.
While talking of the expenditures under different schemes Director Agriculture said that funds allocated must be judiciously and fully expended in a time bound manner.
He reiterated the importance of maintaining the highest level of transparency during the expenditure of funds.
Chowdhury Iqbal asked the concerned officer to work in coordination with district Administration during the implementation of different initiatives at district level. The Director asked the officers to reach out to the farmers of far-flung areas and make them aware about the latest farmer centric technologies in agriculture sector.
He asked the officers to work in collaboration with the representatives of Panchayat Raj Institutions for the successful implementation of different schemes at grass root level.
Chief Agriculture Officer Sartaj Ahmad Shah, District Agriculture Extension Officer Dawood Ahmad Shah, Subject Matter Specialist Mohammad Amin Sheikh, Fertilizer Inspector Farooq Ahmad Itoo, Technical Officer (CAO Kulgam) Dr. Syed Talib and other officers/official were present in the meeting.