JAMMU, MAY 27: Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary today emphasised on growth of farm economy by enhancement of agriculture production.
He was chairing a meeting to discuss and review Annual Action Plan under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for the year 2020-21.
The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture, Jammu Inder Jeet, Director Horticulture, Jammu Ram Sewak, Director Planning Agriculture, H S Arora. Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Altaf Aizaz Andrabi also attended the meeting through video conferencing.
The Principal Secretary stressed on the need for increasing production of rice, wheat, pulses and cereals through area expansion. He sought productivity enhancement in a sustainable manner in the identified districts of the Union Territory. Navin said that it is imperative to enhance farm level economy (Farm Profits) to restore confidence among the farmers amid COVID-19 pandemic.
He directed to bring the remaining 3 districts of Kashmir Division under National Food Security Mission-Rice (NFSM-Rice). Navin directed the concerned authorities for face-lifting of Agriculture Department buildings with wall inscriptions explaining latest agriculture techniques and schemes for the information of farmers.
He further asked for putting up flex banners/hoardings on Highways with similar messages to educate the farmers.
Meanwhile, the meeting was informed that Rs 355.99 lakh has been earmarked under rice component under this Annual Action Plan (2020-21), Rs 417.43 lakh under wheat component, Rs 276.08 lakh under Coarse Cereals (Maize), Rs 458.69 lakh under total pulses component, Rs 79.71 lakh under Nutri-Cereals (Bajra).
It was further informed that Rs 65.81 lakh has been allocated under Oil Seed and Tree Born Oil component for the year 2020-21.