Senior PDP leader and MLA Amira Kadal Syed Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday sought due attention from the JK Government for giving impetus to the state's agriculture sector.
"The due attention which this sector deserves is missing. This sector is not only important contributor to our economy but it is its backbone. Our 70 percent population is associated with the sector for their bread and butter," Bukhari said while speaking on Grants of Agriculture, Horticulture, and Floriculture and Cooperative departments in the House
He said JK's agriculture sector has vast potential and this needs to be tapped."Ladakh region alone can produce vegetables for half of the country," he said.
The PDP lawmaker said people working in the Agriculture department were facing stagnation due to non-holding of the Departmental Promotion Committee meetings.
"I am hopeful that the minister would look into this issue," he said.
Bukhari regretted that posting of non-technical persons, as HoD's of the department does not augur well for the department
"It is unfortunate that department is assigned to non-technical persons. I am not castigating aspersions on anybody. Our KAS officers are competent enough but this is a technical job and needs technical persons who are well-trained in the trade," he said, adding that this was corrected when Mufti Muhammad Sayeed headed the State.
He also complimented the horticulture department for plantation of high-density apple plants and also called for plantation of high-denisty plants of cherry, pear and peach in Kashmir. "Now Horticulture would get its due attention as our Chief Minister is heading it," he said. He said Cooperative movement in the State has been killed and needs due attention and care for revival.
On Public Sector Undertaking's working in the sector, Bukhari said both JKHPMC and Agro Industries Corporation have huge potential and can be self-sustaining.
" We need to take their care," he said.