Director Agriculture Kashmir inaugurates AAS, Farm Machinery Bank at Bandipora

 

SRINAGAR : The Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal today inaugurated first of its kind Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) in the District Soil Testing Laboratory (DTSL) of Bandipora. The lab will provide state of the art soil testing facilities to the farmers of the concerned district.

The Director congratulated the department and said that the introduction of these latest facilities at DTSL will hugely benefit farmers and Agri-entrepreneurs of Bandipora district. With the inauguration of AAS at DLSC Bandipora, the department is making every possible effort to make the latest and advanced soil testing facilities available to farmers, he added.

Iqbal said the analysis of soil is a critically important branch of environmental monitoring, the list of harmful chemicals is growing therefore a full spectrum of analytical technologies with the most accurate and sensitive analysis is needed.

Chief Agriculture Officer Bandipora, Mohammad Mujtaba Yahya gave a detailed presentation of the progress on the implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes in the district. He also apprised the Director regarding various innovative interventions taken up by the Department in the district.

Yahya said that the Department has already achieved the target of soil testing /issuing of soil health cards to the farmers this year and has issued 7437 soil health cards to the beneficiaries.

Later, the Director visited intensive vegetable development cluster Shahtulpura Shadipora Sumbal and inspected various blocks of the vegetable cluster. He also distributed farm machinery including two tractors among the farmers.

The Director also inaugurated Custom Hiring Centre in sub division Sumbal of district Bandipora.

The Director was accompanied by Deputy Director Planning Mohammad, Chief Agriculture Officer and other senior officers of the Department.

 

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