Dullo reviews availability of seed in allied sectors of Agri Production Deptt
Calls for focus on seed processing to increase productivity
JAMMU: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Agriculture Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo on Saturday impressed upon the officers to focus on seed processing so that productivity could be increased manifold.
The ACS was speaking during a meeting convened to review the availability of seed in allied sectors of the agriculture department.
Atal Dulloo said that an apex committee headed by former Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr. Mangala Rai seed processing is the focus area in his report for holistic development of Agriculture & allied sectors in J&K and transformative change in farmer’s income.
During the meeting, respective Heads of the Departments delivered their presentations over the steps to be taken to improve seed production in these sectors.
The meeting held a threadbare discussion over the availability and status of silkworm seed and status of nurseries and farms of the Sericulture Department.
The meeting was told about the upgradation of seed units and upgradation of adopted seed rearers in mulberry production in the Sericulture sector.
Similarly, in the Animal Husbandry Sector, the meeting discussed the implementation of Bovine Artificial Insemination Programme in J&K with focus to increase AI coverage to 70 percent. Besides, infrastructure for sustained liquid nitrogen production, storage and delivery systems.
In order to increase seed production, it was given out by the introduction of New MAITRIs and refreshing training to these MAITRIs.
The meeting was informed about the steps being taken to strengthen the semen stations to increase the production of semen to 15 Lakh doses per year for which DPR has already been submitted to the Government of India.
It also discussed the import of HF/JY breeding bulls to achieve the target of increasing semen production in the UT.
Likewise, the meeting discussed Sheep Husbandry Department with focus on importing animals and embryos and implementation of Sheep/Goat breeding programme and availability of breeding arms, bucks and introduction of AI programme in sheep and goat sector.
The meeting also discussed in detail the dish production in Trout And Carp with main focus on upgradation of existing hatcheries and establishing new hatcheries across the two divisions of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a separate meeting, Dulloo took a review of PM-KSK (One Nation One Fertilizer) at Civil Secretariat, Jammu.
The concerned officers and representatives of fertilizer companies including CCFCL, IFFCO, IPL and NFL briefed the Additional Chief Secretary about progress on PM-KSK in Jammu and Kashmir.
Additional Chief Secretary took stock of progress and present status of district/company wise list of PM-KSK besides giving details about districts allotted to fertilizer companies for developing PM-KSK in J&K and Ladakh UTs.
He was informed that 6 PM-KSK are already functional in different districts.
Dulloo directed the concerned authorities to ensure 100 percent cashless payments between wholesalers and retailers besides 100 percent installation of Quick Response (QR) codes at all retail outlets for digital payments.
He also directed fertilizer companies to develop all the 140 district HQ retailers as PM KSK as per guidelines given by the Department of Fertilizer, GoI within the time frame ensuring all facilities at the outlets.