SRINAGAR: Department of Agriculture Kashmir today organised a one day awareness program with the farmers of Naranag Ganderbal. During the inaugural address Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Iqbal highlighting various farmer friendly schemes which have been devised to transform the rural economy and requested the participating farmers to avail these schemes for sustenance and economic prosperity. Directed assured the participants that the department is always at the back of the farming community and urged upon the officers to increase touring to the farmers field with latest recommendations and suggestions from agriculture universities and other institutions. Director said that the Department has recently taken some initiatives which include, Farmer outreach program, farmer durbars, establishment of Model Farm Schools at district headquarters, holding of awareness camps and kisan melas, exposure visits within and outside UT, introduction of farm mechanization for updating the common farmer and saving time and labour component in order to double the farmers income. Chief Agriculture Officer Ganderbal Mohammad Younis Chowdhary , also spoke during the program regarding the achievements made by the Department at various levels in the district. Deputy Director Farmers Training and Education Center Ganderbal, Senior Officers of the Department besides a large gathering of farmers attended the Awareness program.