Lt Governor for branding of local Agri produce as geographical indications
Stresses on organic farming, increasing productivity of small and marginal farmers through technological interventions
Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Tuesday called for branding of local produce of Agriculture and allied sector as Geographical Indications for their distinctive identity and better marketing globally. The Lt Governor stated this while launching Kisan Pakhwada here at Raj Bhavan.
Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, Sh. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar (through video conferencing); Sh. BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Sh. Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lieutenant Governor; Sh. Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture/Horticulture & Cooperatives department; Sh. R K Chhibber, Chairman J&K Bank; Deputy Commissioners of Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora (through Video Conferencing), besides senior officers were present on the occasion.
The Lt Governor emphasized on enhancing agricultural productivity for small and marginal farmers through technological interventions. Since the landholdings per capita are shrinking, increasing productivity is the key to sustainable Agriculture, he said. He called for developing Mobile based Applications and softwares etc for better interface with the farming community.
Stressing on organic farming, he observed that more and more Soil Health Cards must be issued to the farmers, which would lead to better yield and more income, while obviating the excess use of chemicals in the agricultural fields.
The Lt Governor further called for 100% saturation of Kisan Credit Cards, besides developing backward-forward linkages for improved marketing opportunities for the farmers’ produce.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam observed that agriculture and allied sector contributes about 30% to the GDP of J&K, with two-third of the population dependent on agriculture. Around 9.8 lakh beneficiaries have benefited under PM Kisan Nidhi scheme, which is among the best in the country, he added.
Principal Secretary to the Government, Agriculture & Horticulture department, Navin Kumar Choudhary informed that Basmati of RS Pura has qualified all the international parameters for declaring it as an ‘Organic product’.
While highlighting initiatives of the Government for the development of Agriculture and allied sector, he informed that there are 9 lakh active Kisan Credit Card holders in J&K, who would be advanced the credit, saturating the KCC segment and thereby doubling the rural credit.
Recent and upcoming interventions in the Agriculture sector include Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for the Apple of J&K to provide optimum value to the apple growers, providing GI tag to the Saffron of Kashmir, setting up of a national Electronic Marketing platform (eNAM) in the mandies of J&K for facilitating online trade of fruit etc. Due to large scale production of quality trout in Anantnag, the district has been declared as Trout District of India, it was informed.
Chairman J&K Bank, RK Chhibber informed about the coverage under PM KISSAN, KCC etc, besides disbursements under priority sector lending, as also about the Bank’s working during COVID-19. He briefed that under the Kisan Credit Card scheme, J&K Bank is providing hassle free credit facilities at an effective rate of interest at 4%, subject to terms and conditions of prompt repayment with no guarantee and no mortgage for loan upto Rs 1.60 lakhs.
Deputy Commissioners of 6 Districts - Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara handed over sanction letters and cheques of loans under Kisan Credit Cards to the beneficiaries during the launching ceremony of Kisan Pakhwada.
Meanwhile, a book on Horticulture in Kashmir was also launched by the Lt Governor. He advised for translation of the book in local languages to reach out to the larger population.
Kissan Pakhwada takes off in Kupwara
Kupwara, July 7: District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Anshul Garg Tuesday inaugurated Kisan Pakhwada here.
Speaking at the occasion, the DDC said that the Kisan Pakhwada has been launched with an aim to reach out to the farmer community for cent percent implementation of centrally sponsored PM Kissan, KCC and other farmer welfare schemes.
He said as many as 87000 farm families are operating in the district and the district administration has already started activities to cover cent percent target under the KCC scheme with coverage of 1.02 lakh cards issued to farmers so far.
On the occasion, DDC handed over sanction of loan in favour of 5 KCC beneficiaries that include 3 dairy unit holders and 2 crop loan beneficiaries.
Kisan Pakhwada was also inaugurated at Handwara sub division where ADC Handwara, Nazir Ahmad Mir presided over the inaugural function.
He stressed upon the field functionaries to visit every village and ensure that no farmer is left behind from availing benefits under KCC.
The functions relating to Kisan Pakhwada shall continue till July 21 across the district.
DC kick starts programme at Kulgam
Kulgam, July 7: The District Development Commissioner Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat Tuesday kick started fortnightly Kisan Pakhwada programme by inaugurating a mega Kisan Mela cum Exhibition here at Rest House Chawalgam.
The mela was organised by Agriculture and allied departments here and about 200 progressive farmers participated in Kisan Mela with proper social distancing.
Stalls show casing high yielding vegetable seeds, crops and other machinery were also set- up by the Agriculture and allied departments.
Programmes under Kisan Pakhwada will continue in the district till July 21 with a mission to cover all farm operating families under KCC Scheme and to propagate and promote modern technological interventions among farmers for better crop productivity to double the income of farmers.
Later KCC cards were also distributed among farmers by DDC.
DC Ramban launches Kissan Pakhwada
Ramban, July 7: District administration, Ramban today launched “Kisan Pakhwada” fortnight programme to spread awareness about the farmers’ welfare schemes being implemented by different departments.
The Agriculture and all allied departments - Horticulture, Sheep, Animal and Fisheries, besides Banks and NABARD would highlighted their schemes, besides carry out on the spot registration of farmers under KCC and other schemes during the fortnight programme.
The thrust area during the campaign would be promotion of the latest machinery, farming techniques, agricultural implements, processing and marketing of produce produced by the farmers under different departments.
Speaking on the occasion, the CAO impressed upon the officers and field functionaries to make Pakhwada a grand success by covering all farmers including those engaged in Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy, Fisheries, and Sheep rearing etc under Kisan Credit Scheme.
Meanwhile, the speakers impressed upon the field functionaries and officers of agriculture and allied departments to intensify massive awareness campaign in their working areas regarding farmer welfare schemes like KCC, PM-Kisan, PM-Mandhan, Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (PMFBY), Minimum Support Price (MSP), promoting use of advanced seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, low cost production technologies, organic farming, and integrated farming to achieve the target of doubling of farmers income by 2022.
DC Poonch launches Kisan Pakhwada
Poonch, July 7: Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Rahul Yadav Tuesday launched the Kissan Pakhwada in this border district being observed July 7 to July 21.
While speaking at the launch, organised in the premises of Chief Agriculture Officer Poonch, the DC said the objective of organising ‘Kissan Pakhwada' is to increase the flow of advances in the agriculture sector and double the income of farmers by way of their involvement in agricultural related welfare schemes like KCC, PM-KISAN and other schemes.
The DC stressed upon all stakeholders to play a proactive role for making Kissan Pakhwada a successful mission in the district and ensure hundred per cent coverage of farmers including those associated with cattle, Sheep and Fish farming under the purview of centrally sponsored PM Kissan and KCC schemes.
He also urged the Block Development Council chairpersons, Sarpanchs, Panchs to play an active role in making the Kissan Pakhwada a successful and help the Government in achieving the desired results.
The DC urged upon all the stakeholders to follow guidelines and SOPs related to COVID-19 while carrying out activities related to the campaign.
Among others, the meeting was attended by BDC chairperson, the officers of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries, Banks, and other officers of concerned departments.
DC Rajouri launches Kissan Pakhwada
Rajouri, July 7: District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Mohammad Nazir Sheikh on Tuesday launched Kissan Pakhwada being observed from 07 July to 21 July 2020. The launching ceremony was held, here at Dakbunglow Rajouri.
In his address, the Deputy Commissioner said that Kisan Pakhwada is being observed to enhance the flow of advances in the agriculture sector and double the income of farmers by way of their 100 per cent involvement in agricultural related welfare schemes like KCC, PM-KISAN, RKVY, NMSA etc.
The Deputy Commissioner asked for the active involvement of the PRI members in the programme in order to get positive results. He also directed the concerned officers to make sure observance of Covid protection SOPs and guidelines, while carrying out various activities related to the programme.
Meanwhile, the DC handed over KCC cards to 20 progressive farmers to help them secure timely credit at reasonable rates of interest in a hassle-free manner.
A booklet containing information regarding the activities to be carried during the programme was also launched on the occasion.
DC Kishtwar launches Kissan Pakhwada
Kishtwar, July 07: Release of awareness booklet marked the start of Kissan Pakwada here in this mountainous district. District Development Commissioner, Rajinder Singh Tara released the booklet containing information related to various schemes of Agriculture and allied sectors. The same would be distributed among the farmers during the fortnightly programme.
“The district administration is going to hold 33 awareness camps whereat the departments would display their schemes and products and educate the masses about the benefits farmers can avail under the same,” said the DDC after inauguration of the Pakwada.
Additional Deputy Commissioner, Pawan Parihar; Assistant Commissioner Revenue Kishtwar, Dr Amir Hussain; the BDC chairperson Kishtwar Block, Suresh Sharma; Chief Agriculture Officer, T.K Atri and Saffron Development Officer Amjad Hussain Malik were also present at the launch ceremony.
Mega Kissan mela organised under Kissan Pakhwada
Samba, July 7: A mega District Kisan Mela under “Kisan Pakhwada” was organised Tuesday at Swankha, Ramgarh block in collaboration with Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and other allied departments.
The event, participated by, more than 150 farmers of block Vijaypur and Ramgarh, was inaugurated by Joint Director Agriculture (SLUB) Daisy Bhan.
The farmers were given awareness about benefits of KCC and the process for applying for the same.
Different banks filled 110 KCC forms, of which, 24 Kisan Credit Cards were issued on the spot. Besides, all the departments demonstrated their schemes and activities.
Chief Agriculture Officer in presence of BDC Chairman Ramgarh and other PRI members motivated the farmers for 100 per cent achievement of KCC.
DDC Kathua inaugurates 'Kissan Pakhwada'
Kathua, July 07: District Development Commissioner Kathua, Om Parkash Bhagat Tuesday inaugurated Kisan Pakhwada programmes in different Pancahyats of the district.
The DDC while interacting with farmers said that the aim of Kisan Pakhwada was to facilitate farmers at their door steps so that they can avail benefit of centrally sponsored schemes such as KCC, PM -Kissan and others.
He said a calendar of activities has been worked out involving banks, Agriculture and allied departments so that target of 100 percent KCC saturation can be achieved during Kissan Pakhwada.
The teams of revenue department has been directed to remain at all venues to speed up the verification of KCC applications, DDC disclosed.
The DDC said besides availing KCC, the Kissan Pakhwada is also a good opportunity for farmers to get technical know-how of latest agricultural techniques, farm implements and equipments which will help them to increase their income.