J&K figures in top 5 states/UTs where average farm income increased In 3 years milk processing capacity will increase from 1.5 lakh to 5 lakh liters
Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated a two-day multi-stakeholder convention on Holistic Development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors at J&K UT, SKICC, Srinagar.
The landmark conference aims to build innovative structures for the holistic development of agriculture and related sectors at J&K with the help of renowned scientists and policy planners from across the country.
On the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor announced that a committee of senior agricultural scientists will be formed under the chairmanship of renowned scientist Dr. Mangala Rai to prepare a futuristic roadmap for the accelerated development of agriculture and related sectors and to make agriculture viable, stable and sustainable.
Noting the huge scope of opportunity to harness the real potential of agriculture and related sectors and make it a strong foundation of UT’s economy, the Lieutenant Governor said the government is focused on greater investments in agro-industries. High value crops, higher added value will give this industry a boost. Our main objective is to double the contribution of agriculture and related sectors to the GSDP, he added.
Highlighting the challenge of increasing farmers’ incomes through the growth of dairy, fisheries and animal husbandry, the Lieutenant Governor called for a sustained investment effort in the dairy sector to improve milk processing from 1.5 lakh liters to 5 lakh liters over the next three years.
85% of farmers have smaller farms. Economically viable innovative solutions to improve the productivity of small and marginal farmers are the need of the hour. We need to bridge the gap between achieved and achievable goals, we need to strengthen extension services and quality inputs, the Lieutenant Governor added.
“We need to increase exports while maintaining food security. We need to streamline farming practices to ensure better incentives for farmers. We need to streamline value-added technology for food processing, packaging, market outreach, and minimize post-harvest waste,” added the Lieutenant Governor.
He said the acceleration of agricultural reforms by the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi appears to be bearing fruit; average farm income has increased, and now J&K is in the top 5 states/UT. However, filling the policy vacuum of the past decades in the agricultural sector requires concerted efforts by all stakeholders, he observed.
The UT administration has launched zone-specific strategies to improve productivity, post-harvest technology, credit support, market access and to bring about a sustainable revolution in agriculture and related sectors . Every step is taken to ensure prosperity for farmers that benefits everyone, said the Lieutenant Governor.
Emphasizing that a strong agricultural and industrial sector is imperative to make Jammu and Kashmir financially self-sufficient and prosperous, the Lieutenant Governor said the UT government is making every effort to formulate the right policies and create a plan consistent so that we reach greater heights. prosperity for our farmers and the nation.
This two-day workshop has the potential to change the future of Jammu and Kashmir. Experts, experienced farmers from across the country have come together to formulate a policy document and it is our responsibility to implement it on the ground, the Lieutenant Governor asserted.
The Lieutenant Governor also spoke about the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund launched by the Honorable Prime Minister and said it will help address critical gaps in agriculture and related sectors. While using the money provided by the Union government, emphasis should be placed on transformation, value addition and management of entrepreneurs, he added.
The Lieutenant Governor further observed that the government is steadily strengthening the institution of cooperative societies in UT. These companies will help bridge the investment, credit and infrastructure gap and contribute to an effective plan of action for the future, he added.
The vision of experts and policy planners, their technological capacity, their targeted cross-sector approaches and their administrative efficiency are essential to take our agriculture and related sectors to new heights and change the lives of millions of farmers, noted Lt. governor.
He also appreciated the role of agricultural universities in mentoring and empowering J&K farmers.
Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, spoke on the occasion of the reforms introduced in the agriculture and related sectors and the efforts made by the administration to ensure that the benefits of the programs envisaged by the government for the welfare of farmers reach the rightful claimants.
He also highlighted the need to prepare a climate resilience plan at the local level.
Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary of the Agricultural Production Department, gave a presentation on the two-day convention hosted by the Agricultural Production Department, J&K, SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K. He stressed the need to conduct a thorough analysis of achievements and challenges in agriculture and related sectors, in addition to focusing on areas of unexplored opportunity at J&K.
Dr. Mangala Rai, former DG ICAR, shared his experiences on harnessing the potential and creating opportunities in agriculture and related sectors for the planned inclusive growth to make the sector more profitable, market driven and employable.
He also shared his knowledge on mountain agriculture, cold water fishery production, protected culture, efficient use of natural resources, etc.
Prof. JP Sharma, Vice Chancellor SKUAST, Jammu highlighted the prospects and potential of agriculture and related sectors and highlighted the importance of diversification, value addition, replication of good practices for obtain favorable results for all the stakeholders associated with this sector.
Other distinguished speakers including Sh Ashok Dalwai, CEO of NRAA, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, GoI and Sh HS Gupta, Former Director, IARI and DG, BISA also shared their valuable thoughts on exploiting the growth potential of the agricultural sector in UT.
Padma Shri award-winning farmers – Sh Bharat Bhushan Tyagi from Uttar Pradesh and Sh Sultan Singh from Haryana, along with other J&K award-winning farmers including Sh Hind Bhushan from Doda and Sh Izhan Javed from Kashmir shared their successes.
Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Kashmir delivered the vote of thanks.
On this occasion, the Lieutenant Governor and other dignitaries issued publications from the Department of Agricultural Production – Policy Paper on Agriculture and Allied Interest Subsidy Regimes and Compendium of Samples of DPR.
Earlier, the Lieutenant Governor inspected stalls set up by ministries and various stakeholders to mark the occasion.
Agricultural scientists, experts, farmers from J&K and outside, in addition to heads of departments, FPO members, agripreneurs, senior officials were present on the occasion.