STATE TIMES NEWSKATHUA: In continuation to the advisory issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India conveyed through Director of Agriculture Jammu regarding permitting the supply chain of essential Agriculture Inputs namely Seeds, Pesticides, Fertilizers and Machinery as essential commodity and also as directed by National Bee Board, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to allow the Beekeepers for the migration of Bee Colonies / Beehives and honey from one place to another, Vijay Upadhaya,Chief Agriculture Officer Kathua issued the Kisan Advisory in which it has been mentioned that Govt. categorizes Agriculture as essential service and prevailing lockdown exemptions have been extended to Agriculture Sector. He further said that keeping in view the onset of peak Agriculture season (Kharif), all the licensed Agriculture Stores whether Govt. or Private and Custom Hiring Centres to remain open during the lockdown period in the District so that the farming community may not suffer. There shall be free movement of all farming machineries for Agriculture activity. There shall be unhindered migration of Bee colonies for chasing flora. A District Level Farmers Grievances Redressal team has also been constituted for the uninterrupted agriculture activities which include Chief Agriculture Officer Kathua-9419212664 ; District Agriculture officer (Ext.) Kathua-9419210403; Area Dev. Officer (Veg.) Kathua-9419107479; Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer Dayalachack-9419741777; Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer Basohli-9419245032; Sub-Divisional Agriculture Officer Billawar-9622258967; Agriculture Assistant (Inputs) Dayalachack-9419248634; Agriculture Assistant (Inputs) Basohli-9419207772 and Agriculture Assistant (Inputs) Billawar-9419217017.
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