Agriculture

1,27,167 hectares will be brought under paddy cultivation this year: LG Sinha

A wide view of freshly planted paddy crop on a hilltop in Kashmir. [FPK File Photo/ Zainab]

Anantnag: Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha attended a ‘Paddy Transplantation Festival’ at Bijbehara, Anantnag. He said that an area of 1,27,167 hectares would be brought under paddy cultivation this year in Kashmir division and 2,94,821 hectares of net area under cultivation during Kharif season.

He highlighted the efforts of the JK administration and government of India to empower the farming community and to rejuvenate the agriculture and allied sector.

“Paddy cultivation is the backbone of JK’s economy and our farmers with their unwavering commitment are playing a vital role in ensuring food security and maintaining the agrarian tradition,” the Lt Governor said.

He expressed gratitude to Modi for dedicating Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP) worth Rs5013 crore. He said the HADP and its 29 projects are being implemented for creating a strong and commercially viable agriculture and allied sector.

The Lt Governor reaffirmed that the policies and projects of the Government under HADP are based on the principles of economy, equity and ecology to put J&K on a new trajectory of growth, almost doubling the output of the sectors, boosting exports and making agriculture & allied sectors sustainable.

The Lt Governor also shared various key interventions and necessary steps being taken by the J&K Government to make the farmers of Jammu Kashmir entrepreneurs par excellence.

In Kashmir division, an area of 1,27,167 hectares would be brought under paddy cultivation this year and total 2,94,821 hectares of net area under cultivation during Kharif season, he observed.

The Lt governor directed the officials to ensure timely supply of critical inputs, promoting innovative technologies, and to tap the potential of diversification and intercropping to improve farm productivity.  He informed that the administration is going to launch the Kisan Sampark Abhiyan 3.0, soon.

He also highlighted the important role of educated youth, experts, officials and farmers of JK in agriculture and allied sector.

He commended the district administration of Anantnag for providing a huge chunk of land to industries department and facilitating the establishment of controlled atmosphere (CA) stores in the district.

Addressing the issues pertaining to development of Jablipora Fruit Mandi, the Lt Governor informed that the project in this regard has been approved.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor e-inaugurated various components worth Rs3.13 cr established under HADP. He visited the stalls put up by various departments and farmers and distributed sanction letters to beneficiaries under different schemes.

Progressive farmers also shared their success stories and expressed gratitude to the Administration for support and assistance.

Mohammad Yousuf Gorsi, Chairman DDC Anantnag; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department; Vidhi Kumar Birdi, IGP Kashmir; Dr Syed Fakhrudin Hamid, Deputy Commissioner Anantnag; HoDs, senior officials, farmers, stakeholders and people in large number were present.

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