Director Agriculture conducts extensive tour of Bandipora, Ganderbal & Srinagar districts

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Kick-starts vegetable seedlings distribution at SMF Sumbal; also inaugurates Millet Restaurant at Theed Harwan

SRINAGAR: The Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal today conducted an extensive tour of Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar districts.

During the tour, he convened three separate review meetings of Chief Agriculture Officers, district agriculture officers, sub divisional officers, zonal officers Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar and took stock of the progress under HADP projects, regular CAPEX and CSS’s, scope of convergence between MGNREGA and HADP and issues related to procurement of Seed under SVP, organic farming, Natural farming, PMKISAN, PMFBY and Soil Health Card schemes in Bandipora, Ganderbal and Srinagar.

The meetings discussed in detail different centrally sponsored schemes being implemented by the department including RKVY, MIDH, ATMA, NFSM, PM KISAN, Soil Health Card Scheme, KCC Scheme etc. The implementation of projects under the Holistic Agriculture Development Program (HADP) were especially discussed threadbare. The Director highlighted the importance of projects under HADP.

Addressing the meetings, Director Agriculture underlined the importance of expeditious and judicious expenditure of funds under different centrally sponsored schemes, projects under HADP and CAPEX. He asked the officers that funds allocated under different components of centrally sponsored schemes must be expended in a time bound manner. He reiterated the importance of maintaining the highest level of transparency and accountability during all the expenditures.

The Director asked the concerned officers to work in close coordination with concerned district administrations during the implementation of different initiatives at district level. He also directed them to reach out to the farmers of every area and make them aware vis-a-vis latest farmer friendly technologies in the agriculture sector.

He asked the officers to work in collaboration with the representatives of local communities for the successful implementation of different schemes at grassroots level.

He also impressed the officers to sensitize and encourage the farmers to avail benefit of various projects under HADP. He asked them to put in all the efforts and ensure that all the set targets under different projects of HADP are achieved in a time bound manner.

Later, the Director kick-started distribution of quality vegetable seedlings among the farmers at SM Farm Sumbal. He also visited different sections of RAKHS at Baniyar Sumbal and held interaction with the concerned officers.

Director also inaugurated a millet restaurant at Theed Harwan.

The Chief Agriculture officers of concerned districts, district agriculture officers, sub divisional and zonal officers of the department were present in the meetings.

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