No restrictions on apple cultivation in JK anymore: Lt Guv
JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated Bawa Jitto Kisan Kendra and Agriculture Mall at Talab Tillo here Friday.
In his address, the Lt Governor said that this much awaited infrastructure would serve the farming community by providing them a point to meet and get trained on latest techniques and technologies used in Agriculture.
The Lt Governor said that welfare of the farmers is one of the focus areas of the Government and efforts are underway for doubling the income of farmers. He also informed that all the farmers have been linked with PM KISAN initiative irrespective of their land holdings, which is proof of the government’s commitment towards the community.
Highlighting the significance of agriculture in Indian economy, the Lt Governor said that despite Covid crisis, Indian agriculture sector continued to thrive.
The Lt Governor called for inviting progressive farmers and agriculture scientists from all over the country for discussion and training programmes for the benefit of local farmers. He also called for generating awareness about all the nine schemes of the Government aimed at welfare of farmers.
The Lt Governor announced that the present dispensation has done away with restrictions on apple cultivation and that under the new regime, all are free to set apple orchards anywhere in the Union Territory, subject to favourable agro-climate conditions.
Those present at the event included Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Principal Secretary Agriculture, Navin Kumar Choudhary; Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma; Director Agro Industries, Bhawani Rakwal; , Director Command Area Development, Jammu, Smita Sethi among other senior officers and large number of progressive farmers.