STATE TIMES NEWS SAMBA: A farmer awareness programme was organised by Department of Agriculture, District Samba in each Panchayat of Purmandal Block viz Anandpur, Gurha Slathia upper, Salmeri, Purmandal, Khara Madana Lower, Vijaypur, Deon, Katwalta, Gurha Slathia, Sangwal, Rajinderpura, Khara Madana upper and Channi Manahasan. Deputy Project Director ATMA district Samba Ashok Gupta was the resource persons who made the farmers aware regarding PM-KISAN Samman Nidhi, PM-KISAN Maandhan Yojana, Diversified Farming, Mushroom Cultivation, Promotion of Self Help Groups, Farmer Producer Organization, Mission 2022 for double farming Income, Training Programme under Skill Development for Youngsters and various Central sponsored schemes including National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET). He further advised the farmers to adopt organic based technology by using waste decomposer in their respective farming fields. During interaction with the farmers it was observed that their crops are going to be damaged day by day with Leopard, Peacock, Monkey and Bear menace. Farmers are suffering badly in all the Panchayats due to this major serious problem. During the awareness programme, JK Grameen Bank, J&K Bank, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Fisheries and Sericulture Department also participated and awared the farming community to come forward and avail the benefits of the schemes meant for them. Agriculture Extension Officer, Zone Katwalta, Ashwani Gupta brief various programme available for the farmers of his Zone. Agriculture Extension Assistant, Vishal Mengi and Rahul Gandotra gave concept of water conservation, Per drop More Crop and importance of Kissan Credit Card. Sarpanchs and Panchs along with large number of farmers remain present during the awareness programmes in each Panchayat. Kulveer Chander, Agriculture Extension Assistant, Panchayat Channi Manahasan thanks the Sarpanches, Panches and farmers for their effective participation in the awareness programme.
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