MLA Rafiabad for integration with ‘On- Line National Agriculture Market’ to boost economy 


Srinagar, July 7: MLA, Rafiabad, Yawar Dilawar Mir  has called for mandi reforms in Jammu and Kashmir on fast track basis, to pave way for a switch over to the on line system for  agriculture marketing and  trading to improve economy of the farmers. He has urged the need to be an active part of  the’ National Agriculture Market’ approved by the Union Government  last week, which  envisages  online integration of about 585 wholesale mandis across the country by linking them with an e-auction platform for price discovery of agriculture produce.

In a statement today, Yawar Dilawar  has  said  that  IT  based  mandi reforms were imperative to provide an efficient marketing back up to the farmers and fruit grower  of  J&K , which is predominantly an  agro based  state , with about 80 percent populace  earning their livelihood through different  farming  activities. He said  as the  Net- marketing  is  becoming first choice of the  Gen- next , the state government  should take a lead  to become an active  part of the  national programme about   implementation of   ‘ online national market’. He exuded confidence that  net –trading  of agriculture and horticulture produce  will go a long way to eliminate exploitation of fruit growers and farmers by the middle men besides enabling them  to fetch    better remuneration of their produce . “ In the present era  of  net –business, the farmers and fruit growers  of the state are direly in need of an I T based marketing strategy for trading their produce ,” Yawar Dilawar maintained while calling for a  pro- active approach  by the state government in this regard.

Yawar Dilawar has hailed various initiatives  proposed  by the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed  and Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb Darbu in connection with  ‘ease of doing business’ in the state  with focus on promotion of horticulture ,  agriculture and tourism  adding that implementation of on- line agriculture marketing and trading will be a big boom in this regard. He has  also hailed   mission  –ek  kanal  ka ek lakh-   of the government  to ensure that 1 kanal of land gives Rs. 1 lakh  to a farmer adding that this will be a big turnaround in the socio- economic transformation of the farming fraternity.

“The landmark decisions of  the present government  to earmark Rs.150 cr. in the current year’s budget  as a “Secure Horticulture Future” aimed at  to raise the average productivity from the current level of 10 MT/hectare to the international level of 40-70 MT/ha and  setting up  high- density orchards to increase yield by at least  four times are also  worth appreciation ,” Yawar observed  while   demanding    re-introduction  of the  MIS in all  the major  fruit producing  of towns of the state instead of  its phase- wise implementation. . “ This step will go a long way in promoting “Kashmir Apple  Brand,” Yawar Mir added.


Worthwhile to mention that the Government has decided to re- introduce  MIS in  Shopian and Sopore areas of the valley only, in the first instance. MIS is an ambitious  dream project, conceived by   Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in 2002, for promotion of horticulture  ,which envisages to buy c-grade fruit from the fruit growers, as marketing support ,   after it is segregated from A and B-grade fruit ,so that only  graded fruit is exported ,to enable fruit growers fetch better remunerative price of their produce in various  terminal fruit markets of the country