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Director Agriculture asks officials to guide farmers on how to deal with present weather situation

Srinagar: Amid fluctuating and unpredictable weather conditions, Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal asked the Chief Agriculture Officers of all the Districts of Kashmir Division to ensure that all the necessary measures are taken to educate the farmers with respect to different steps adopted while dealing with the present weather situation. Farmers need moral support in addition to technical guidance under prevailing conditions in order to tackle the situation emerging from the present scenario, he said and added.
Director Agriculture expressed these views while addressing an emergency meeting with the Joint Directors and Chief Agriculture officers of Kashmir Division. He asked the officers to assess the situation and maintain digital records of the impact of present weather scenario on agriculture sector. Iqbal Chowdhary highlighted the importance of devising a strategy viz a viz upcoming rabi season so that the losses caused due to recent rainfall/snowfall could be met out to some extent.
Director asked the officers to mobilize the field staff for on-farm training programmes for farmers and special impetus should be given to weather oriented situation management. The farmers should be well equipped with adequate technologies with respect to cope up with the scenario emerging out of unprecedented weather conditions, he said and added.
Director called upon the officers to work with close coordination with the allied department so that the farmer’s interests could be served under all circumstances.
Director also took stock on physical /financial progress report under Capex/CSS, status of registration of Bee Keepers on Madhukranti Portal, Survey Report Status, PM Kisaan, KCC, KMY, Soil Health Card scheme status, procurement of Paddy/ Potato from Seed Villages and status on PMFBY.
Deliberating upon the officers, Director Agriculture instructed that field functionaries should be kept on move and make one to one contact with the farmers. He emphasized on transfer of technology in a missionary mode, and reached out to the farmers at their door steps with modern techniques of crop production for sustainable agriculture.
The meetings was attended Joint Director Agriculture Inputs Farooq Ahmad Shah, Joint Director Agriculture Extension Sheikh Shahid Iqbal, Joint Director Farms Dr. Syed Waseem Ahmad Shah, Joint Director Engineering M. I Khateeb, Joint Director apiculture and Mushrooms M. Syed Peer, besides all Chief Agriculture Officers of Kashmir Division and other Senior officers of the department.

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