Jammu : Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Navin Choudhary, Tuesday inaugurated a mega awareness camp at remotest village Budhwana of Goran panchayat in Sumb block of Samba District.
The event, which was organized by the department of Horticulture, was attended by over 200 farmers of all horticulture zones of the district.
During the programme, Director Horticulture Jammu, Ram Sevak, briefed about the progress being made in respect of plantation and related works being executed in the district. He said that being a kandi belt, there is huge potential of fruit crops like Aonla (Amla), Citrus, Mango and most importantly plantation of Aloe-Vera.
While addressing farmers, Navin Kumar Choudhary asked the farmers to adopt diversification of crops in their fields so that they can earn the whole year. He said that the camp was organized to generate awareness about various centrally sponsored schemes of the department in general and Aloe vera plantation in particular with a motive to enhance the farmer’s income. He urged upon the farmers to avail benefit of different farmer friendly schemes of the department by adopting horticulture in particular and dairy farming, mushroom farming, honey-bee keeping, pulses and Aloe vera plantation in their fields in place of traditional farming which will help them in doubling their income.
Principal Secretary said that from traditional farming a farmer can earn less than 1 lakh while by adopting Aloe vera plantation, he can earn 2-2.5 lakh per acre. He informed that Pashu Dhan mela ia being organized on 1st Sunday of every month at Lakhanpur wherein a farmer can purchase Milch animals of Haryana and Punjab states with subsidies.
Managing Director Axion Ayurvedas, Rishab Gupta, while addressing the farmers, assured that they will buy back the aloevera production from which a farmer can earn more in comparison to conventional farming.
Later, Navin Kumar Choudhary inaugurated a mega plantation drive in a cluster of 200 kanal by planting a sapling of Citrus and Aloe vera at village Budhwana of Goran panchayat.
Director Horticulture Jammu, Joint Director Horticulture Jammu, District Development Council Vice Chairman, Balwan Singh, Block Development Council Chairman Sumb, Ramesh Singh, Sarpanch Goran, Sardar Singh and other officers and farmers were present.