Jammu: Asserting that Agriculture sector will get more share of the Jammu and Kashmir’s budget component in future, Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Monday said that a unique Sustainable Agriculture Plan has been developed in the Union Territory, which currently caters to all developmental needs without compromising future potential.
Speaking at the Horti-Expo 2021 here at Police Auditorium, Gulshan ground, the Lt Governor observed that revolutionary changes are taking place in the agriculture and horticulture sectors in J&K.
“The promotion of local produce and taking it to the global market is one of the key focus areas of J&K Government and the Government is making continuous efforts to increase the resources and market linkages to further strengthen the horticulture sector,” he expressed and added that the UT Government would continue striving hard to provide the best and advanced technologies to farmers. Welfare of the farmer community and increasing their income manifold is the priority of the Government.
“I assure farmers that Mandis are very much here to stay. In fact, they are getting strengthened and modernized. People should not spread false information and mislead the farmers”, said the Lt Governor and added that the government is also setting up Farmers Producers Organizations in all the 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir in the next three months to strengthen business activities related to agriculture and horticulture.
For the convenience of the farmers, he said that free thresher is being provided in every panchayat of the UT while road Tax on Tractors up to 3000 CC capacity has also been exempted and no tax will be paid on power tillers.
Underscoring the interventions being made by the Government for progress and growth of agriculture and horticulture sectors, the Lt Governor observed, “in the last few years, under the able guidance of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and because of the hard work of our farmers, agricultural scientists, and the policies adopted by the Horticulture Department, J&K is getting distinct recognition in the world scenario.”
Central Government and UT Administration are constantly making efforts and taking decisions so that not only Farmers’ produce sees huge growth and gets three times the price, but can also receive greater handholding and end to end solutions, the Lt Governor observed.
Reiterating Government’s commitment for exploring all the possibilities for giving a further push to the development of priority sectors like agriculture and horticulture, the Lt Governor recalled the recently held NITI Aayog meeting in which he had requested the Prime Minister to provide the facility of dry port and international flights to Jammu and Kashmir so that products, including those related to agriculture and horticulture could be exported directly.
The Lt Governor also recounted the innovative measures taken by the government to boost the horticulture produce in the UT.