Agriculture Sector of District Srinagar Reviewed.Change narrative about agriculture- shift to cultivate high value crops to remain relevant in the country //Director Agriculture Kashmir

Srinagar/02-05-2019/ Agriculture is the only sector which can change the economical status of the farming community, mission of the department is to educated the farmers about latest agricultural technologies and innovations so that the mindset of the farmer is changed from traditional to scientific system of agriculture. Change narrative about agriculture- shift to cultivate high value crops to remain relevant in the country. This was stated by Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi while taking review of the working of the Agriculture department district Srinagar.
Director agriculture took extensive review of the physical and financial achievements of various central sponsored schemes which include National Mission on Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA),Mission of Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY)Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna (PMKSY) and CAPEX budget for the year 2018-19. He instructed the officers and field functionaries to be pro active and exploit the potential of the progressive farmers in their specific fields and educate them regarding the latest techniques of cultivation so that they adopt the same and their socio economic condition is improved. Andrabi emphasized upon the officers to educate the farmers regarding the potential of high value and exotic crops and their market value. Deliberating upon the officers, Director Agriculture instructed that field functionaries should be kept on move and make one to one contact with the farmers. He emphasized on transfer of technology in a missionary mode, and reach out to the farmers at their door steps with modern techniques of crop production for sustainable agriculture. Director Agriculture stressed on strengthening of Farmer Produce Organisations (FPOs) and giving boost to marketing so that role of intermediates is minimized and farmers get a good profit.
While interacting with the field staff he stressed upon them to work in close coordination with the farmers so that the desired result is visible on the ground. He further directed the Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar for increasing the touring of district, monitor the working of the field staff especially Agriculture Extension Assistants (AEAs) for upgrading their skill and knowledge in the best interest of the farming community.
Earlier Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar Wasim Ahmad gave a detailed power point presentation of the notable achievements and success stories of the district.
At the end of the meeting director agriculture announced that interactive meetings with the field staff will be held across the valley, so that the working and capacity building among the work force of the department is enhanced.
Besides others meeting was attended by Joint Director Agriculture Extension Choudhry M. Iqbal, Joint Director Agriculture Inputs Deepak Kumar Kuchroo, Deputy Director Central Amir ud dn Andrabi, Deputy Director Planning Farooq Ahmad Shah, Information Officer of the Department Nasir Ahmad Lone, officers and field functionaries of District Srinagar.