JAMMU, DECEMBER 29: Director Agriculture, Jammu, Inder Jeet today visited Seed Multiplication Farm, Chinore and inspected the field condition of different crops. Inder Jeet inspected the ongoing mechanized weed management operation at the farm. The Director also showed his keen interest in latest machinery being used at the farm like combines, seed drills, trans-planters, multi-crop-threshers, tractors, potato planters, ridgers, offsets etc.
He said that efficient use of the machinery should be ensured and there is still much scope to boost production and productivity through implementation of latest farm production techniques.
Deputy Director Agriculture (Central), Ravinder Thaploo, who accompanied the Director, apprised him of the developments made in the quality seed production of crops at the Farm despite having limitations of irrigation facilities and staff shortage. It was informed that the farm is spread over an area of 2586 acres out of which 300 acres is irrigated. Farm Manager SM Farm Chinore, Sanjay Verma informed that about 2000 acres of land is being covered under different varieties of Wheat, 197 acres under Fodder and 100 acres under different Oilseeds and Pulses during current Rabi season. He further added that that foundation and breeder seed of elite and high yielding varieties of wheat, oats, barseem, mustard and pulse crops are being raised and multiplied at the farm in for multiplication and supply to the farmers.
Other who accompanied the Director Agriculture during his visit includes Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu, F.A. Bhat, SDAO, Marh, M R Rakwal and others concerned officers.
Earlier, Director Agriculture visited Paddy Procurement Center (Mandi)at Channu Chak where he directed the concerned officials to ensure timely payment of produce procured from the farmers as per MSP notified by the Government of India. He also visited the Hi Tech Net Shed spread over an area of 3000 sq Meter at village Panjore established with assistance of 12 lakhs under PMDP.
The Director interacted with the farmers and urged them to organize themselves into Farmer Interest Groups (FIG) and Farmers Producers Organizations (FPOs) for enhancing their income through better marketing linkages of their produce. Chairman BDC Marh, Surinder Kumar, Sarpanch Marh, Ghasita Ram, Sarpanch Paryal, Davinder Singh, progressive farmers, Surinder Singh, Ramjee, mushroom growers, Mohinder Singh and Ranjit Singh interacted with the Director on the occasion.