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Jain reviews Climate Change Project

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 31: Financial Commissioner (FC), Agriculture Production Department, Pramod Jain chaired interdepartmental meeting to review the implementation of  Climate Change Project in the State.
Director Agriculture Jammu A K Malhotra, Chief General Manager NABARD Vijay Kumar, Director Ecology Environment & Remote Sensing O P Sharma, , Director Planning APD H R Bhagat, Nodal Officer Climate Change Project M A W Deva of  Forest Department, other senior officers of Agriculture Department and NABARD attended the meeting. Officers from Kashmir division also participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Expressing concern over  delay in implementation of the project, Jain stressed upon all the agencies to gear up for the time-bound implementation of different components of the project in Bhalwal Block in Jammu District and Budgam Block. He impressed upon all the executing officers to complete the baseline survey of both the blocks at an earliest and  all the developmental activities be initiated simultaneously. In this context, he called upon them to persuade the small and marginal farmers to adopt protected cultivation and crop system based technologies with a focus on organic farming.
He also instructed the Nodal Officer of the Project that the State level and District level workshops for capacity building of the staff of implementing agencies should be conducted at the earliest time. He also called upon the scientists of SKUAST Jammu and SKUAST Kashmir to work on those varieties of crops that are adaptable to the climate change and further popularizing the benefits of such varieties in the field.
Director Ecology, Environment & Remote Sensing O P Sharma suggested for promotion of traditional/ local innovative technologies and crops in the field.

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