SAMBA, Apr 18: Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal today stressed upon the officers of Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Sericulture, Fisheries, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Revenue Departments, besides bank authorities and allied agencies to work in tandem to ensure 100 percent coverage of farmers under Kissan Credit Cards (KCCs) scheme in a time bound manner.
The Chief Secretary was speaking after distributing 255 KCCs among the beneficiaries at an awareness camp-cum-exhibition organised as part of campaign for 100% coverage of farmer families under the KCC scheme at village Gho Brahmana.
The camp was organised by the Agriculture and Revenue Departments in collaboration with Banking Institutions to make farmers aware about the benefits and opportunities for diversifying their agriculture and allied sector activities.
The Chief Secretary said that the Kissan Credit Scheme (KCS) was taken up as national priority but its implementation in the state did not take up well. He stressed the need to expedite the scheme so that the farmers are able to get the benefits of credit flow and are able to buy good quality seeds, fertilizes, machinery and equipments to get maximum returns from their land holdings and improve their economic condition. He further added that the 18 % lending was to be done in agriculture sector but in the state it is only 6% thus there was a great need to expedite the lending in agriculture for which KCC is the best source.
Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Shaleen Kabra highlighted the importance of KCCs in development of agriculture sector and improving the socio-economic status of the rural population.
Earlier, District Development Commissioner, Samba, Mubarak Singh, highlighted the achievements registered under agriculture and allied sectors in district.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria, threw light on agriculture and allied sectors and highlighted the benefits of KCC scheme.
Director Command Area, Jammu, Dr. Nirmal, heads of various departments, bankers and a large number of farmers were present on the occasion.
Farmers in large numbers visited the stalls installed by different wings of the agriculture and allied departments for the demonstration and creating awareness about various schemes being implemented by them. The farmers also attended the awareness programme and the skill development programmes organized by various departments at the venue.