STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: JK Kissan Council expressed serious concern over deteriorating condition of agriculture and allied sectors in Jammu province. In the meeting held here on Monday, Tajinder Singh Wazir, President of the Kissan Council said that farmers incurred losses on account of damage to Basmati crop and disruption in wheat sowing process due to rain and hailstorm. He said poor yield and discouraging market price of Basmati has further affected the farmers’ prospects and they are quite apprehensive about the situation. “Despite such a crisis the J&K Government is nonchalant and wasting time by means of meetings while the neighbouring State has already announced a special ‘Girdwari’ in affected villages and ensured adequate compensation to farmers who had suffered losses”, he said. The farmers, in the meeting, lamented the UT administration for delay in implementation of Pardhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana during Kharif 2019 season. He said that the entire JK is badly affected and need hand-holding support to overcome present crisis. Wazir said that only four months are left for current financial year and the government has not released funds under several schemes in Agriculture sector. The funds released under CAPEX Plan may not be utilized properly as the time left is just one month. “The Agricultural Development activities were making tardy progress whereas Prime Minister has launched Doubling Farmer’s Income initiative,” he said. The farmers appealed to the Lt Governor of J&K, who is also holding charge of Agriculture, to intervene and monitor the progress of activities.
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