Srinagar- Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting of the Farmer Development Advisory Council and Department of Agriculture officials to discuss the roadmap on holistic development of agriculture and related sectors in the territory of the Union.
The meeting had meaningful and in-depth discussions during which participants shared their assessment of the agricultural sector, reviewed the recommendations of the supreme committee and the efforts of the UT administration for a great transformation of agriculture, said an official spokesperson.
Sinha told the meeting that the Apex Committee on Holistic Agriculture has provided a roadmap to transform subsistence agriculture into a sustainable commercial agro-economy.
“We are taking an integrated approach to address the extreme vulnerability of agriculture to ensure increased productivity and enhanced resilience,” the LG said.
“Our approach is farmer- and community-centric, enabling greater farmer participation in policy and ensuring their suggestions are taken into account in decision-making and benefit from increased productivity, diversification, access to credit and technical assistance required,” he added.
According to the spokesperson, the LG maintained that the integrated approach will enable and strengthen market access for small and marginal farmers.
“With inclusiveness, we aim to improve the flow of credit from banks to the agricultural sector and especially to small and marginal farmers,” the LG added.
The LG commended the efforts of Dr. Mangala Rai, who led the senior committee at UT level and prepared a vision document on the holistic development of agriculture and related sectors and the farming community.
“Dr. Mangala Rai’s detailed report has addressed all aspects, issues and concerns related to farmers and agriculture,” Sinha said, adding that “the Apex committee report in itself is a groundbreaking policy document and is historic. not only for J&K but also for the country. The recommendations would bring about a great transformation of agriculture in UT,”
The LG, the spokesperson said, has been emphasizing the promotion of integrated and diversified agriculture. Sinha, he said, also ordered NABARD and the banking sector to aggressively increase lending in the agricultural and related sectors.
He added that Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Agricultural Production, briefed the meeting on key aspects of the Apex Committee’s objectives, strategies and outcomes of recommendations.
“Prof. JP Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu and Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Kashmir also shared their views on the vision document prepared for the holistic development of agriculture and the sector allied with J&K,” the spokesperson said.
Dr. Anjum Andrabi gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the main characteristics and essence of the projects approved by the Apex Committee and their likely impact.
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