Udhampur: District Development Commissioner, Ravinder Kumar, Tuesday convened a meeting with the officers of Agriculture and Horticulture Department to review the physical and financial achievements made under various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the district.
During the meeting, the Chief Agriculture Officer and Chief Horticulture Officer gave a detailed Power Point Presentation on CSS schemes of agriculture and horticulture sector viz RKVY, ATMA, MIDH, SMAM, PMKSY, PMFBY, NMSA, SVP, NFSM, NMOOP, and PMDP, ATMA, MIDH, PMKSY etc respectively.
While speaking on the occasion, DDC laid stress on enhancing the production of mushroom, honey, saffron by encouraging the farming community for cultivation of these crops. He directed CAO to increase the KCC coverage in the district besides ensuring issuance of soil health cards, promotion of organic farming, rain water harvesting, reduction in use of pesticides, insecticides, joint awareness camps and enhancement in enrolment of farmers under PMFBY.
He stressed for use of HYV seeds to enhance production of different crops in the district. He also laid emphasis on development of model villages for their specific cultivation viz honey, mushroom, apple, walnut, saffron village and desired that production and productivity be improved in fruit crops besides up-gradation of nursery in private sector and vermi compost units and establishment of new gardens, creation of water sources, horticulture mechanization, protected cultivation etc.
Among others, Chief Planning Officer, Ashok Khajuria, Chief Horticulture Officer Brij Vallabh Gupta, Chief Agriculture Officer, Naresh Dubey, AD Planning Darshan Kumar besides other officers and staff members of concerned department were present in the meeting.