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We strive to increase productivity by bringing in traditional knowledge, modern science and technology, providing improved marketing facilities and solving several other issues such as electricity, irrigation, cheaper credit and rural infrastructure: LG

A new impetus is given to organic agriculture to bring about a paradigm shift in agrarian policy, rural prosperity and the improvement of farmers’ incomes and quality of life: Lt Governor

Greater diversification into high value crops, value addition through agribusiness, market linkages take our agriculture and horticulture sector to new heights, ensuring a growth process inclusive: LG

Improved air connectivity has given new impetus to horticulture sector: Lt Governor

500 enterprising farmers will receive knowledge-based intervention each year to harness the potential of organic produce, says LG

· LG congratulates progressive farmers, entrepreneurs, journalists and students

· Inaugurates the livestock fair, inspects the exhibits and stands

Jammu, 07 March 🙁KNS) Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the five-day ‘Kisan Mela’ in SKUAST, Jammu.

The Lieutenant Governor also laid the foundation stone for the newly sanctioned faculties of Horticulture and Forestry, Agricultural Engineering, and Dairy Technology.

The Lieutenant Governor commended the University for bringing together entrepreneurs, technocrats, policy makers and farmers from J&K, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh , Rajasthan and Uttarakhand on a common platform. The exchange of ideas and knowledge will encourage agricultural innovation and motivating farmers to adopt production techniques, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor enlisted various initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of the farming community.

We are striving to increase productivity by bringing in traditional knowledge, modern science and technology, providing better marketing facilities and solving several other problems such as electricity, irrigation, cheaper credit and rural infrastructure, said the lieutenant governor.

A new impetus is being given to organic agriculture to bring about a paradigm shift in agrarian policy, rural prosperity and improved incomes and quality of life for farmers, the lieutenant governor added.

The Lieutenant Governor also highlighted the farmer-centric reforms introduced by the government in the last two years to empower J&K farmers, thereby increasing their income and making them AatmaNirbhar. J&K UT is now among the top five states/UTs in terms of agricultural income with a monthly income of Rs 18,918 per farmer, he added.

Greater diversification into high value crops, value addition through agribusiness and market linkages take our agriculture and horticulture sector to new heights and ensure a growth process inclusive. Improved air connectivity has given new impetus to horticulture sector, Lieutenant Governor says

The UT government is constantly striving to provide farmers with direct access to modern technologies, encouraging natural farming to improve the profitability and sustainability of agriculture and related sectors, the lieutenant governor observed.

Aggressive marketing and branding of local agricultural products, mechanization in agriculture and horticulture sector, high density planting, diversification, better quality seeds, capacity building, GI marking, expansion of banking facilities, micro-irrigation has generated rich dividends for farmers and brought about structural change in the agriculture sector. agriculture and horticulture, he added.

Vocal for Local’ has opened up a plethora of opportunities for all those associated with agriculture and related sectors to grow and prosper. We are also involving national and international stakeholders on board to enhance knowledge expertise and provide global market linkages to the J&K agricultural community, added the Lieutenant Governor.

The Lieutenant Governor has asked J&K Agricultural Universities to work in mission mode to connect more farmers to organic agriculture and horticulture and familiarize them with the latest scientific know-how.

500 enterprising farmers will benefit each year from knowledge-based intervention to harness the potential of organic produce, the Lieutenant Governor announced.

Closing the rural divide is among the top priorities of the UT administration. A strong framework is being developed to increase employment and connect rural youth to the agriculture and horticulture industry. The administration will provide all possible support to young people involved in agricultural start-ups, the lieutenant governor observed.

Special arrangements are made to bring Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to all farmers. We are also extending maximum financial assistance to Farmer-Producer Organizations – FPOs and exploring opportunities for micro-finance institutions to meet the needs of J&K farmers, the Lieutenant Governor said.

We have set ourselves the goal of converting 5,500 hectares of land into high-density plantations over the next four years. Last year, we managed to plant apples on 320 hectares and subtropical fruits on 2400 hectares, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor commended the Ministry of Agriculture for achieving an additional one lakh metric tonne storage capacity in just 18 months.

Meanwhile, the Lieutenant Governor congratulated progressive farmers, entrepreneurs, media personalities and deserving students of the University.

Sh. Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Department of Agricultural Production and Farmer Welfare and Horticulture, congratulated SKUAST-Jammu for securing the foundation of the new faculties laid by the Honorable Lieutenant Governor.

He requested the Ministry of Agriculture and other line departments as well as the university to continue working in tandem to reach the farming community with all facilities at the doorstep.

In his welcome address, Prof. JP Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu highlighted the activities of the University and said that the five-day Kisan Mela-2022 on Natural and Modern Technologies focuses on demonstration and l exhibition of proven and improved technologies developed by the University.

He also informed that three community radio stations were sanctioned each for Samba, Reasi and Jammu districts for disseminating improved agricultural technologies among farmers. The university launched a Kisan call center to provide on-site solution to the problem of farmers and developed 20 start-ups, he added.

Exhibition of the latest agri-start-ups, Kisan Goshties, workshops on basmati, beekeeping, nuts, mushrooms, seeds, sale of quality seeds and planting materials, live demonstration of new varieties, exhibition of flowers, vegetable exhibition, fruit exhibition, animal exhibition, agrotourism, rural sports and farmer-scientist interaction, presentation by innovative farmers and cultural program are the main attractions of the mela, a- was he informed.

Dr. SK Gupta, Director of Extension, SKUAST-J presented the vote of thanks.

The Kisan Mela-2022 is organized in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Floriculture, Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture, Fisheries, Area Development command, etc.

Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat, Vice President, KVIB; Teacher. Bechan Lal, Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu; Dr Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu; Teacher. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GADVAS University; Dr. Raghav Langer, Jammu Divisional Commissioner; Sh. Ravinder Kumar, Secretary to the Government of Ladakh; Sh. Shyam Bihari Gupt, Member, Kisan Samridhi Aayog; relevant department heads; SKUAST-J faculty members, in addition to dozens of farmers were present on the occasion. (KNS)

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