DDC Shopian reviews functioning of Agriculture Sector

Shopian: The District Development Commissioner (DDC), Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishya today convened a meeting of concerned officers to review the Agriculture Sector in the district.

At the outset, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ghulam Hassan Magray presented a detailed account of progress cum performance recorded in various sectors. He said that the district has achieved substantial progress in production as well as in productivity of some major food crops.

He also highlighted some issues and bottlenecks in these sectors and sought the personal intervention of DDC in resolving these issues in a time bound manner.

After taking a comprehensive review, the DDC emphasized achieving better performance in this sector. He stressed for exploring new and scientific farming techniques for value addition of agricultural products adding that adoption of such measures will help to improve the condition of farmers by getting fair and better remunerative price for their produce.

He also directed the CAO to identify land for establishing a farmers’ market so that more and more marketing avenues are created.

Terming the adoption of ‘Organic Farming’ vital for sustainable agriculture, the DDC stressed for disseminating awareness among the farmers about such farming practices and said that adoption of such practices will create more and more livelihood opportunities.

He also reiterated government’s commitment for making farmers ‘self reliant’ under the recently launched Atma Nirbhar programme, a centrally sponsored programme to make India a self reliant nation.

The DDC also emphasized upon the concerned officers to conduct field visits to get proper feedback from farmers at ground level. He also directed to work with utmost zeal and enthusiasm so that the benefits of various welfare programmes reach to the beneficiaries in a viable manner.

He further directed to establish more and more sheep, dairy and poultry units and urged the unemployed youth to come forward and adopt these avenues as means of their livelihood.

Joint Director Planning, CHO, Agriculture Officer and other officers were present on the occasion.