To boost productivity in agriculture and other allied sectors, Governor N.N Vohra today directed officials of agriculture department to enforce strict check on sale of spurious fertilizers and chemicals to farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.
"The enforcement wings of the departments of Agriculture, Horticulture and other allied departments should work closely and keep effective check to ensure against spurious fertilizers and chemicals being sold to the farmers. The enforcement wings shall be held responsible if there is any default," Vohra observed during a Review Meeting with Advisor KhurshidGanai; Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K; Vice-Chancellor University of Kashmir; Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu; Vice-Chancellor, ISUT; Commissioner Agriculture; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Director Agriculture Kashmir; Director Horticulture, Kashmir; and other concerned senior officials at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences-Kashmir (SKUAST-K), Shalimar Campus.
The Governor asked Advisor Ganai to take urgent action for SKUAST-K being able to energize its Testing Laboratory for prompt testing of fertilizers, pesticides, oils etc. He directed Divisional Commissioner Samoon to mobilize all concerned officers and become responsible for this important task.
The Governor observed that the Agriculture Department must make sure that the farmers and fruit growers across the State get hassle-free services and keep close check on the rates, quality and availability of the inputs required by the agriculture and horticulture sectors.
The meeting was informed that 'Tree Spray Oil' has been distributed at all the district headquarters after Advisor Ganai took a meeting with the supplying Oil companies. The Governor asked the Divisional Commissioner to notify the authorized rate for the tree spray oil distributed by the various dealers across the State.
Regarding the soil and pesticide testing facilities the Governor asked Advisor Ganai to see that the required funds were immediately released to make the SKUAST-K Laboratory fully functional with in the next few days. He also advised the Vice-Chancellor and the Agriculture Department to encourage and enable establishment of Laboratories at various places in the Valley.
"Why should a farmer from Kupwara has to visit SKUAST-K Srinagar campus for testing of soil or any other sample"? he asked.
The Governor stressed the importance of high density apple plant nurseries being set up in the Valley to enable increase of horticulture produce and uplift of the State economy. He also called for planned initiatives for creating awareness about various schemes and latest techniques in agriculture and horticulture sectors.
VC, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Malik, briefed the Governor about various issues pertaining to the functioning of the University. He informed that, as on date, all the admissions in UG, PG &Ph.Dprogrammes stand completed. KVK Srinagar has been shifted and started functioning from Narkara and land allotment for KVK Budgam, Kupwara, Shopian and Bandipora is still required. The VC disclosed that this year 59 students of Master's programme had qualified Junior Research Fellowship of Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
About the various pending issues the Governor urged Advisor Ganai to take a very early meeting to settle issues.