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UDHAMPUR: Director Agriculture Jammu Hari Krishan Razdan chaired meeting of the officers and field staff of Udhampur District to take stock of the progress of various farmers’ welfare schemes on Sunday.
On the occasion Director Agriculture stressed on the importance of Pulse Development Programme which is aimed at increasing production of pulses through area expansion and productivity enhancement; restoring soil fertility; creating employment opportunities; and enhancing farm level economy to restore confidence of farmers. He directed the staff to work at mission mode for identification of area for coverage and potential of pulses, vegetables and local specialties at Panchayat level and submit the project reports for their promotion and development of market linkages. Razdan asked the field functionaries to identify the indigenous varieties and local germplam of garlic, turmeric, pulses and ginger for registration.
Director also inspected at Tikri the Line Sown Maize Crop Demonstration laid out under Centrally Sponsored National Food Security Mission (NFSM). Interacting with the farmers there Sh Razdan asked them to diversify their farming through apiculture, mushroom growing, Integrated Farming, vegetable cultivation, oilseeds and pulse production to raise their income. Replying to the queries of the farmers regarding lack of irrigation facilities he directed the concerned officers to cover them under PMKSY Scheme.
Director also reviewed the supply of the fertilizers with the staff of enforcement, fertiliser supplying companies and officials at the Udhampur Rake Point. He appreciated the work culture and team spirit of the staff and directed to keep them updated with the latest guidelines and norms of various programmes.
Earlier the Chief Agriculture Officer, Udhampur while presenting details of various ongoing schemes apprised that three organic farming clusters are being developed at Tikri, Mantalai and Kutyarballa under Pramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY). The CAO also discussed about various difficulties including staff shortage, requirements of infrastructure facilities at Zonal level and deployment of technician staff at the weather stations at Udhampur and Ramnagar.
District Agriculture officer (Inputs) Udampur Rajinder Sharma, District Agriculture Officer(Extension), Udhampur, Ajay Kumar Sharma, ASCO Ravinder Koul, MDO Rajan Sharma, SMS-II Rajesh Gupta, SDAO Udhampur, Harbans Singh, SDAO Ramnagar, Sohan Singh, SMS Enforcement B. K. Mahazan and MDA R. K. Pandoh were also present.
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