Ankit Kesar, Rajouri, March, 23: District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad today inaugurated a daylong Mega Kissan Mela organized by the department of agriculture under the ATMA scheme. The kissan Mela was attended by thousand farmers from across the district, here today.
During his welcome speech, Chief Agriculture officer,Mohd Yaseen Choudhary highlighted the achievement of the department and said that approximately 4618.31 MT has been distributed among the farmers for both kharif and Rabi crops.
Similarly 5439.66 Qlts seeds for kharif and 8797.7 Qlts seeds for the Rabi has been distributed among the farmers for the year 2018-19. Besides 90 no.of farmers tour to outside the state for the exposure,01 community borewell and number of vermi compositing pits has been achieved during this year.
District Development Commissioner, after inaugurating the Mela, inspected the stalls put up by various departments including Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Floriculture, Handlooms, Handicrafts, and allied departments. The stalls exhibited high yielding hybrid seed varieties, plant saplings and latest machinery for various farming related activities besides different incentives available in these sectors. The DDC said that such camps should be organized in other remote areas of the district also so that more farmers are acquainted with modern and scientific farming practices. He stressed upon the farmers to utilize and adopt the latest available tools and techniques besides high yielding crop and plant varieties for rich dividends.
The DDC said application of modern and scientific farm practices makes agriculture and allied sector very attractive commercially. Urging upon the farmers to avail the benefits of various flagship programmes and schemes, the DDC said that government schemes including PMFBY, PMKSY, and PM-KISAN at doubling the farmers’ income and provide economic security against natural calamities.
Besides vegetables and machinery stalls the center of attraction was the hands-on training on EVMs and VVPATs at the Mela. The farmers were made aware of the usage and handling of EVMs and VVPAT.
Scientists from KVK Rajouri and officers from the Department of Agriculture shared with the participating farmer’s information about modern techniques to be adopted in Crop cultivation, Mushroom Cultivation and in other allied sectors.