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Government miserably failed in giving due impetus to the agriculture sector in Chenab Valley: Saroori

Jammu and Kashmir Bank

SRINAGAR, June 10: Senior Congress leader and MLA Inderwal Ghulam Muhammad Saroori has castigated the government for failing to give due 'impetus' to the agriculture and it's allied sectors in Chenab Valley wherein he termed agriculture sector to be the backbone of state's economy.

Saroori was speaking over the Agriculture department grant which is suffering alot because of 'ill planning', 'lack of coordination' and 'non-seriousness' of the government. He said that over 75 percent of people are dependent on agriculture in order feed themselves and their family.

He exhorted the need for chalking out a comprehensive plan in order to increase the productivity by three fold whether its horticulture, agriculture, apiculture, and sericulture every sector is in shambles, which speaks loud about the government's seriousness towards the vital sector.

Saroori sought focused attention of Government towards the Chenab valley which has been neglected. He demanded organizing of awareness camp about various Government schemes at block level so that the famers could avail the benefit of such schemes. He said that 90 percent area in his constituency is rain fed and it needs to be covered under lift irrigation schemes for which more funds are needed to be allocated.

He (Saroori) further added that Finance minister in his last year speech mentioned about waiving off of 50% KCC loans which finds mention at Serial No.48, added that an amount of Rs. 150 Crore promised by Finance Minister is yet to be credited into the accounts of KCC loan holders. He demanded waiver of KCC loans at an earliest, adding mushroom cultivation should be promoted in Kishtwar district.

While recalling the decisions taken during the last year district development board (DDB) meetings in agriculture department by the Late Mufti Muhammed Sayeed regarding establishment of Rajma Villages, Saffron Villages, Walnut Villages gathered dust only in papers which is highly unfortunate. He pressed the need for establishment of Rajma villages one at each block, Seed centres at Block level, plantation of High density fruit plants on the pattern of Srinagar in Chenab valley, Mushroom training centers at Chatroo, Sarthal, Bunjwah, Thathri, Bhalessa and others.

Saroori also demanded opening of cooperative society at Chatroo. Floriculture parks one each at Kishtwar and Chatroo, opening of Cooperative Bank at Chatroo, Keshwan and Bunjwah. He suggested that government should establish nursery each at block level over an area of 20-30 Kanals so that local need could be met easily. Later Saroori has withdrawn the cut motions after Minister assured that he will look into his demands on top priority.



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