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