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Ganai reviews functioning of Agriculture, Horticulture Departments
10/15/2018 10:31:10 PM
Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Oct 15: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai today reviewed the implementation of various state and centrally sponsored schemes of Agriculture and Horticulture sector.
The advisor reviewed the implementation of various centrally and state sponsored schemes and the projects taken up under PMDP. He urged the officers to implement the schemes in letter and spirit for the benefit of the farmers and fruit growers of the state.
The meeting was informed that there is an approved allocation of Rs 86.36 crores under Capex and NABARD in agriculture sector and Rs 24.18 crore have been spend by the end of September this year.
It was given out in the meeting that under PMDP, the Department of Agriculture spend an amount of Rs 16.86 crore till September this year while under various centrally sponsored schemes, an amount of Rs 66.10 crore have been released for the current financial year for various schemes.
Officials informed there is the cumulative outlay budget of Rs 231.53 crores under various schemes for the current financial year and the department has received an authorization of Rs 91.87 crore so far.
Under Horticulture sector, it was given out that there is an available budget of Rs 134.33 crore out of the total outlay budget of Rs 408.89 crores under different centrally and state sponsored schemes including MIDH, PMDP and Capex.
Officials informed the meeting that there are 763.88 lakh fruit trees in the state out of which 563.74 lakh are fruit bearing. "There are 447 fruit nurseries out of which 138 nurseries are in public sector and 339 are in private sector," they added.
Stressing on the need to increase the production of horticulture produce, advisor Khurshid Ganai said that there is an average yield of 10-11 metric tons per hectare in the state while the yield is 40- 50 MTs/Ha in advanced countries. He said there is need to switch from traditional plantation to high density plantation.
The advisor called for exploring possibilities for providing modern equipment and implement modern scientific technologies in farming for progressive farmers to ease out their ways of farming besides increasing agriculture and horticulture production.
The Advisor emphasized on bridging the gap between farmers and officers of the Department and exhorted upon them to impart technical skills for improving their agricultural produce
The advisor directed to expedite the pace of work for implementation of schemes to achieve the set target within given time span.
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