Of Agriculture

We have done a lot, we need to do a lot more


This refers to the article of Junaid Azim Mattu Dated 24 march 2012 “Change- Agriculture Sector”. His argument regarding the agriculture sector needs a rethink. The farming sector is not like floating a new political party that can be done overnight. It is a process, when talking about Green Revolution it is to be reminded that India took 30 odd years to achieve the goal of Green Revolution. This goal when conceived has to take different parameters and stakeholders into account. When talking about the process it will start from educating the farmers, training them, helping them, and carrying them forward. When comparing J&K with other states of India we have to understand the dynamics of Agriculture in J&K and those states.  Mr. Mattu perhaps has not gone through the scenario of agriculture in Punjab, Haryana and many other States, where there have been enormous cases regarding Farmers ending their lives, but thank Allah that is not the case here. We with extremely harsh situation and inadequate facilities but great faith in Allah strive and move forward. Talking about Rehbar-I-Ziraats, Mr. Mattu again misses the point. He should have done some homework before talking about the role and profile of Rehbar-I-Ziraats. May be that he hails from Srinagar, where agricultural activities are minimal and he does not see a Rehbar-I-Ziraats knocking at his door for those activities which  this community is doing, like the job which is available in different areas where there is a need of an agricultural expert at the farmers door step. But when you write in an esteemed and privileged news paper like Greater Kashmir we should get our facts right. Mr. Mattu does not know what was the per kanal yield of an average farmer not so long before and where has it reached now, Rehbar-I-Ziraats have a well defined role and a fire inside them to help our farming community grow and develop.
The REZ are not only providing necessary education, scientific know how, imparting training to our farmers but Rehbar-I-Ziraats have conceived an idea, a slogan, a way to new, diverse and sustainable agriculture. The slogan says “Rehbar-I-Ziraats for organic farming”. Where REZ'S only aim is not to increase the per capita income of farmers manifold but want to increase it considerably and make that increase sustainable. Rehbar-I-Ziraats while developing the standards of J&K agriculture wish to replenish the soil too, for this the so called “old age Kissan Mela” idea seems a good and noble one. To serve the article of Mr. Mattu better he should have known that the share of agriculture in the national GDP is 17.5% but as far as the share of agriculture is GSDP is concerned it is at 27% much better than the national share. The department of agriculture with limited resources and work force has revolutionized the agriculture sector may be marginally but as I earlier noted farming is a process, and the department is on the job of developing it.
  Through this article, I wish to request Mr. Mattu to concentrate on many other important issues regarding development of agriculture in this state in his future endeavors, as only one side should not be blamed when; we as a society are at fault.

(Suhail Inamullah is Chairman, JKATUF, Rehbar-I-Ziraat Council. The author has studied Agriculture at Panjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and is working with the department of agriculture as Rehbar-I-Ziraat. Feedback at chairmanjkatuf@gmail.com)

Lastupdate on : Wed, 28 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 29 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST

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