‘Kashmir has net sown area of 3.11 lakh ha’

Kashmir Division has net sown area of about 3.
‘Kashmir has net sown area of 3.11 lakh ha’

Kashmir Division has net sown area of about 3.11 lakh hectares, which include 1.9 lakh irrigated and 1.18 lakh hectares of un-irrigated land, official of Agriculture Department said. 

They also said that the number of operational holdings in Kashmir include 6.28 lakh, with an average holding size of 0.53 hectares.

The data was revealed during a review meeting of Agriculture the Department by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan to take stock of the functioning and activities of the department 

Div Com was also informed about various schemes with the approved Action Plan 2016-17 involving a total of Rs 11056.35 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, the Div Com called for sustained efforts for the development of the sector, besides upliftment of the farmers' interests in agriculture. He stressed that the Department should give special focus to the production of aromatic varieties of rice besides marketing outside of the state.

He also emphasised on boosting the organic farming and asked the Department to make exclusive clusters for organic farming in every district of the Valley directed the concerned to initiate a process for identification of land so that office is shifted to a new building.

Earlier, a detailed brief was given in the meeting and was given out that the area under different crops in the Division during Kharif include 141.34 Ha (53%) under Paddy, 80.74 Ha (30%) under Maize, 21.79 hectares (8%) under Vegetables, 19.88 hectares (7%) under Pulses and 3.67 hectares (1%) under Saffron.

While as the area under different crops in the Division during Rabi include 81.11 hectares (59%) under Oilseed, 29.37 hectares (21%) under Fodder, 11.56 hectares (8%) under Pulses, 11.14 hectares (8%) under Vegetables and 4.66 hectares (3%) under Wheat.

Besides, the productions during Kharif include 848.04 metric tons (MT) of Paddy, 599.09 MT of Vegetables, 161.48 MT of Maize and 19.67 MT of Pulses, the productions during Rabi include 1020.64 MT of Fodder, 296.55 MT of Vegetables, 81.11 MT of Oilseed, 13.19 MT of Pulses and 8.36 MT of Wheat, it was further given out.

The meeting was also told that while the current productivity for Rice, Maize, Wheat and Pulses include 63.40 tons per hectare (T/Ha), 20.00 T/Ha, 18.08 T/Ha and 9.89 T/Ha respectively, the food grain production in relation to population growth in the Division is in the deficit of about 25%, involving production of about 1090 MT against the requirement of 1343 MT.

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