Mir reviews functioning of Agri department


JAMMU, JUNE 09:- Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today convened a meeting to review the functioning of the Agriculture Department and also to assess the arrangements of various inputs for ensuing kharif season.
The Minister reviewed the supply and availability of various fertilizers during Rabi season. It was disclosed that 8288 MT’s of urea, 5754 MT’s of DAP and 695 MT’s of MOP have been made available to the farmers of state during Kharif 2014 cropping season. The distribution/transportation of the fertilizers is being made by the concerned companies of different districts as per the demand put forth by different institutional agencies.
The Minister directed the concerned officers to intensify their field visit to ensure that the area specific problems are identified in time and adequate measures are taken to ensure increase in productivity.
He stressed on organizing awareness programmes for the farmers to sensitize them about the new agricultural techniques, and use of fertilizers. He maintained that its imperative to maintain close synergy between the department and agriculture universities to ensure that the benefits of research percolates to the ground and their expertise help the farming communities.
Mr. Mir also asked the officers to ensure that the seed village programmes are effectively implemented and also knowledge is imparted to the various stakeholders about the good agriculture practices. He also stressed the need to ensure proper marketing of the organic produce from the state.
The centrally sponsored schemes like National Mission Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) were also reviewed during the meeting.
Director Agriculture, Dr. S.S. Jamwal apprised the meeting that the department has made adequate preparations to achieve 30 percent seed replacement rate (SRR) in wheat crop for the ensuing Kharif season. About 11956 qtls of maize seed has already been stocked against a total requirement of 10120 qtls in Jammu region and the distribution of different seeds of Kharif crops is in full swing.
He said that department has made an intensive programme to demonstrate and promote the use of Agriculture machinery and modern implements and all efforts will be made to achieve the targets fixed for coming Kharif season.
Joint Director (Ext), Ashok Malhotra, Joint Director (Inputs) Jammu, Susheel Sahni, Deputy Director Trainings, Sudesh Koul, Deputy Director Central, C.M. Sharma, Deputy Director Planning, A.K. Bhatti besides other officers of the department attended the meeting.