Inadequate awareness about flagship SAMPADA scheme in J&K: Governor Vohra

Inaugurates conference on food processing at SKUAST-K

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Srinagar, Publish Date: May 25 2018 12:26AM | Updated Date: May 25 2018 12:26AM
Inadequate awareness about flagship SAMPADA scheme in J&K: Governor VohraGK Photo

Observing that there is inadequate awareness about the flagship Pradhan Mantri Kisan SMPADA Yojana, Governor NN Vohra has urged agriculture universities in the Jammu and Kashmir to formulate sector wise schemes under the ambit of this flagship progamme to increase agriculture productivity, modernise food processing and decreasing agri-waste. 

The governor was speaking after the inauguration of a daylong conference on ‘Food Processing and Pradhan Mantri Kisan Smpada Yojana’ at the Shalimar Campus of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir on Thursday, according to an official spokesperson. 

The conference has been organised by the Directorate of Extension SKUAST-K, Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Government of India and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), New Delhi.

Appreciating the organisation of this important conference, the governor observed that there is inadequate awareness about this pan-India programme which is a flagship scheme launched by the centre with the objective of supplementing agriculture, modernising food processing and decreasing agri-waste. 

Governor observed that currently a very high percentage of agricultural produce of the country goes waste because of lack of processing facilities and modern preservation techniques. He noted that if we endeavour to minimise this waste, the producers’ surplus would increase very substantially.

Governor urged the vice chancellors of the agriculture universities and other entities involved in the implementation of this Yojna to formulate sound sector wise schemes under the ambit of this flagship progamme so as to double the farmer’s income by 2022-23, promote farmers' welfare and reduce agrarian distress.

Prof Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K; Parvez Ahmed, Chairman and CEO J&K Bank Ltd.; KB Subramanian, Director Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GoI; DS Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM; Javid Ahmad Tenga, President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) presented their views on the opportunities available to farmers to become entrepreneurs by taking full advantage of benefits available under Pradhan MantriKisan Sampada Yojana.

 

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