Food production on decline in JK: Govt


Jammu, Mar 12:  The food production in Jammu and Kashmir is falling every year due to large scale farm land conversions for the developmental projects and expansion of human habitations, besides dependence on the rain for irrigation in the hill terrains, govt admitted in the Upper House here today.  
  “Our state is very large in terms of area but it has very few cultivated land like Ladakh which is big region in area wise but in agriculture production it has negligible contribution as compared to other regions,” said Minister for Agriculture Minister Ghulam Hassan Mir in reply to the question by Bhasir Ahmed Veeri in the Upper House.  
 The minister, according to an official statement, added that the same was the case with Kashmir and Jammu regions. “In Kashmir due to developmental activities like construction of roads, bridges, acquisition of land for railways and other public purposes has resulted in unavoidable conversion over the years,” he added.
 He said most of the land has been converted on account of acquisition for various public purposes including construction of roads, railways, industrial estates and many other projects of public importance under state and centrally sponsored schemes.
 He also said that the fragmentation of joint family and increase in the number of nuclear families has resulted in increased demand for housing purposes.
 He said that this land acquisition process has shifted agricultural activity towards horticulture and other cash crops.
 He further said that even the state was food deficient, but the share of apple production of the state in the country was 90 percent. He further informed that the four districts of Jammu Division have qualified for National Food Security Mission (NFSM) for their rice production including Jammu, Samba and Kathua.
 Responding to the supplementary question, Ghulam Hassan Mir said, “We will cover others districts in Kashmir under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) in a phased manner”
 He assured the upper house that the department was making   all out effort to increase production and productivity in state.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST

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