Dir. Agriculture Reviews physical/financial progress under CAPEX/CSS

67 Custom Hiring Centers being established during 2020-21  throughout valley: Director Agriculture Kashmir

Srinagar 03 March (KNS): Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal chaired a meeting of all Divisional Heads and Chief Agriculture Officers of Kashmir Division at Lalmandi, Srinagar.

Director took a detailed review of physical / financial progress report under CAPEX/CSS (02-2021), major physical achievements, details of Custom Hiring Centre/Farm Machinery Banks, status of DBT,  progress on basic data survey, status of KCC/PM- Kisan/PM-KMY Schemes, Progress under Soil Health Card Scheme, Status of registration of FPO’s and PM- formalization of micro food processing enterprises PM(FME).

While reviewing physical / financial progress under CAPEX/CSS, Director directed concerned officers to speed up the execution of the works and complete the targets within stipulated time frame. He laid a special emphasis on the progress on different centrally sponsored schemes and projects being implemented.

In order to make Farm Machinery available within the reach of small and marginal farmer’s collective ownership, custom hiring centers are being promoted in a big way. During the current year 2020-21 the department is already in a process to provide 67 CHCs throughout the valley under Submission of Agriculture Mechanization (SMAM).

Director stressed upon the officers to register maximum no of FPOs and FIGs as these groups will prove to be beneficial for strengthening rural economy. He said these groups will not only help in strong marketing linkage, but also create new avenues for the development of farm sector. He emphasized that formation of FPOs will help in doubling the farmers income by 2022.

During the meeting,  directions were passed to the field  officers to visit their concerned fields and advise farmers with respect to different preventive measures and modifications in the good agricultural practices (GAP).

 Joint Director Inputs/Marketing/PHM Amir U Din Andrabi, Joint Director Farms, Spices & Medicinal Plants Kounsar Parveen, besides all Chief Agriculture Officers and other concerned officer of the Department were also present in the meeting.(KNS)

 

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