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LG inaugurates Krishi Vigyan Kendra, urges scientists to take farm technology from lab to fields
1/8/2021 11:42:27 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 8: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday inaugurated Krishi Vigyan Kendra building complex in Samba district.
He felicitated the progressive farmers who were trained by the SKUAST and are earning a sustainable livelihood, besides involving other farmers in agricultural activities.
The Lt Governor also released publications and Newsletter on agriculture sector and allied activities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor, who is also the Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, observed that agriculture and allied sectors are key focus areas of J&K Government and laid special emphasis on providing sustained handholding to the farmers, besides giving a determined push to these sectors.
The UT Government is taking comprehensive measures for the development and growth of priority sectors like Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy and Poultry and is making interventions by identifying scientific and technological needs of the farming community to achieve desirable results, he added.
The Lt Governor urged the scientists to take the farm technology from the lab to the fields for extending maximum benefits to the farming community.
‘J&K Government is creating an institutional mechanism by leveraging available technology for the efficient delivery of various rural services, in a transparent manner and with public participation and ownership. Through Krishi Vigyan Kendra, we can successfully bridge the gap of connectivity between farmers and scientific methods & technology,’ said the Lt Governor.
The Lt Governor directed Divisional Commissioner Jammu to identify land for establishing KVKs in the remaining three districts of Jammu Division.
He said that the progressive farmers who were felicitated today have set an example for others, especially for the young generation to make farming & allied activities as preferred choice for a successful career.
Highlighting various initiatives taken by the J&K Government, the Lt Governor said that the UT administration has signed an MoU with NAFED to bring reforms in the horticulture sector, for high density plantations, cold storage cluster, market linkage and GI tagging of local products. High Density plantation of Apple, Walnut, Cherry, Flowers etc would increase the income of farmers by 3 to 4 times, observed the Lt Governor.
NAFED will cover 5500 Hectares of land at a cost of Rs.1700 Crore in the next five years with major focus on Apple, Walnut, Cherry, Pear and other significant horticulture produce, and will set up 20 Farmer-Producer Organizations, one in each district, besides three cold storage clusters, costing Rs.500 Crore, and ensuring Geographical Indications tags (GI Tags) for all premium/niche horticulture produce, he added.
‘We are working on various levels to ensure that our farmers get three to four time returns of their hard work and investment. All possible help from the administration is being assured for the benefits of farmers. With latest interventions by the government, the farm produce would be able to reach worldwide markets and for empowerment of the farmers,’ the Lt Governor maintained.
‘I have always stressed on the need to increase agricultural production and its diversification. Some farmers in J&K are working to achieve desired goals and are proud beneficiaries of such an approach. Better techniques and extension support are imperative to achieve these goals for which the administration and KVK are doing well,’ the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor asked the VC SKUAST- Jammu to make continuous improvements in University’s functioning and work as a knowledge and resource centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector. He also advised the VC for release of agriculture related books in local language for better understanding to the farmers.
He said that establishment of KVK Samba is a great initiative for the farmers of the area and Scientists should work as per the mandate with new innovations in agriculture, which must benefit the end users, that is, the farmers.
Mentioning the reforms in land laws, the Lt Governor informed the farmers that now permission is not required for the establishment of apple orchards which otherwise was compulsory before.
The Lt Governor also spoke on the apprehensions created around the Agricultural Reforms. He said that the Agricultural Reforms by the Union Government are for the betterment of the farmers and the latter would be free to cultivate their land and sell their produce according to their wish, he added.
The Lt Governor assured that the farmers are equally allowed to sell their produce at their own price as they are to sell at the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The trade at agriculture markets throughout the country has increased after implementation of the latest reforms, and there has been no shutdown, he added.
Speaking on ‘contract farming’, the Lt Governor said that a fear has been created by some vested interest about contract farming. He further assured that the contract is limited to exchange of goods and not the land. There is no mention of land in these reforms, he maintained.
The Lt Governor appreciated the KVK Samba for researching on the local agro-climatic conditions and identifying possible crop variety for successful diversified farming in the region, besides creating 35 entrepreneurs who are working and earning in diversified farming, mushroom cultivation, organic vegetables, bee keeping, bamboo crafts, poultry farming and other fields.
A cultural programme focusing on different activities promoted by KVK, Samba was also presented on the occasion.
Earlier, the Lt Governor inspected the Laboratory of KVK and was briefed in detail about various innovations, initiatives and models in farming, agriculture and allied sectors. He further inspected units of advanced farming techniques, hybrid seeds, organic products, live samples and different schemes.
While inspecting stalls of different line departments related to farming, agriculture and allied sectors, the Lt Governor enquired about the targets to be achieved by line departments, stressed upon the benefits, uses and affordable availability to farmers. The Lt Governor also planted a sapling to mark the occasion.
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