Navin Choudhary reviews preparedness for Kharif season; advocates shift towards organic fertilizers

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Calls for selling cultivation of spices, money crops, medicinal crops

JAMMU, APRIL 28: Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture Production and Farmers’ Welfare, Navin Kumar Choudhary, right this moment convened a web based assembly to assessment preparation for the upcoming Kharif season right here right this moment.

Principal Secretary sought particulars about wheat procurement and functioning of presidency mandis established within the UT. He directed the respective officers to make sure that farmers obtain cost, by way of direct financial institution switch solely, towards their produce inside a interval of 5 days.

Regarding promotion of sale and procurement of maize crop, Principal Secretary requested the Agriculture Department to ascertain experimental maize mandies one every in Rajouri-Poonch and Ramban-Doda in Jammu area.

Reviewing progress on seed distribution by the division, Navin Choudhary emphasised the necessity to additional streamline working of departmental agriculture farms to fulfill a lot of the home seed requirement. He directed the division to evolve an efficient technique to extend manufacturing of the farms by 50 p.c through the yr 2021-22. He additionally requested the Directors and Joint Directors to assessment one agriculture farm each month spending ‘one entire day every quarter’ at these farms to make sure the manufacturing right here will increase manifold.

While discussing fertilizer consumption and requirement of the Union Territory, Principal Secretary highlighted the necessity to reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers and shift towards sustainable alternates like organic fertilizers and vermi-compost. ‘Increasing dependence on chemical fertilizers is a disaster in making’, he added and referred to as for a nicely deliberate technique from each Directors for promotion of organic fertilizers, vermi-compost and different sustainable alternates.

Regarding farm mechanization, Navin Choudhary maintained that subsidies could be offered for main agricultural implements solely and directed the Directors to arrange a subsidy-structure record.

Principal Secretary laid stress on growing manufacturing of spices and money crops in J&Ok and referred to as for substantial enhance in manufacturing of turmeric, chillies, aloe vera, lavender and different medicinal crops. He additionally directed the division to get rid of ‘monkey menace’ from at the very least 50 panchayats this yr.

The assembly was attended by Director Agriculture Jammu, KK Sharma; Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mohammad Iqbal Choudhary and Joint Directors Agriculture from Jammu and Kashmir divisions.

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