Making a strong pitch for adopting "lab to land" approach to increase farm productivity, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura on Wednseday asked agricultural scientists to disseminate technologies to farmers to improve productivity.
He said in this regard Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST) Kashmir and Jammu have been asked that the researches should not be confined to laboratories but emphasis should be on practically utilizing them to strengthen capabilities of farmers and motivating them to "adopt latest technologies with hope."
The Minister was addressing a high level meeting convened to discuss and review the activities carried out by the Agriculture, Command Area Development (CAD) and Sericulture departments in twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch, here.
Minister for Consumer, Affairs and Public Distribution and Tribal Affairs Ch. Zulfkar Ali, Minister for Transport, Abdul Gani Kohli, Legislators, Dr Shahnaz Ganai, Yashpaul Sharma, Surinder Chowdhary, Javid Ahmad Raina, Shah Muhammad Tantray and Dr. Krishan Lal, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture, Muhammad Ashraf Bukhari, Vice Chancellor SKAUST, Prof. Pradeep K. Sharma, Heads of the Departments of Agriculture, Command Area Development (CAD), Sericulture Departments, Director Extension SKAUST Jammu and Chief Agriculture Officers of Rajouri and Poonch were present in the meeting.
Hanjura said there is a need to aware farmers about the welfare schemes besides latest techniques for improving productivity in the state.
While taking review of the Sericulture sector, the Minister expressed satisfaction that Rajouri is the leading cocoon producing district of the State. He laid emphasis that the sericulture related activities should also been given impetus in Poonch.
"A comprehensive action plan should be implemented for increasing cocoon production and providing employment opportunities to the people," he said.
Responding to the various issues including construction of bore wells, water harvesting tanks, check dams, adoption of villages under Rajmesh cultivation and issuance of polythene houses raised by the Legislators during the meeting, the Minister said all out efforts are being made to provide better facilities to the farmers and also Exhibition Cum Awareness Camps are organizing in the State to aware farmers about the welfare schemes.
Hanjura said there is need to give a boost to apiculture and mushroom cultivation in Rajouri and Poonch and instructed the concerned to conduct door-to-door survey and ensure every possible assistance to the interested farmers.
Earlier, the Heads of various Departments gave brief resume about the physical and financial achievements of the concerned departments in Rajouri and Poonch districts.