Jammu: The Agriculture department Friday organized a field demonstration of Super Seeder Sowing Machine at border village Treva of Sub Division R S Pura under the supervision of Principal Secretary Agriculture Production and Farmers Welfare, Navin Kumar Choudhary.
Pertinently, the department is promoting Super Seeder as a solution to the problem of Paddy stubbles left in the field after crop losses due to hail storm and other weather vagaries.
Principal Secretary elaborately explained that how this unique machine facilitates ploughing and mulching of the standing paddy residue and sowing of seed of wheat crop in a single operation. “Super Seeder is an eco-friendly technology which can be used for sowing of wheat without removing paddy residue due to which practice of burning crop residue can be avoided”, he added.
He exhorted upon the farmers to adopt such innovative technological innovations in their fields which help in conservation of soil moisture, checking wastage of seed and fertilizer and is cost effective as well. He also instructed the Agriculture Department to vigorously promote this super seeder sowing machinery which can reduce the cost of cultivation to great extent.
Earlier, Principal Secretary along with HoDs of Agriculture and allied departments interacted with the farmers to get feedback regarding various problems being faced by farming community of border areas.
Principal Secretary exhorted upon the officers to create awareness about government schemes like PM Fasal Bima Yojna and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana tailored for welfare of farmer’s fraternity
Principal Secretary also handed over sanction letter of a dairy unit to a local beneficiary under Integrated Dairy Scheme.
Responding to the demand of locals, Principal Secretary on spot issued directions for establishment of a permanent procurement mandi in the border village. He also announced setting up of new Farm Machinery Bank to promote farm mechanization among farmers.
Those present on the occasion included Director Animal Husbandry, Doifode Sagar Dattatray, Director Agriculture Jammu, K. K. Sharma, Director Horticulture (Marketing & Planning), Vishesh Mahajan, Director Horticulture Jammu, Ram Sevak, Secretary Kisan Advisory Board, Abdul Hamid Wani, CAO Jammu, Arvind Baru, CHO Jammu besides other officers.
Progressive Farmers including Kisan Board members S.Tajinder Singh Wazir, Basant Saini, Rajinder Sharma, Sarpanch Treva, Balbir Kour and Gurinder Jeet Singh were also present on the occasion.