SABDK committed to welfare, empowerment of farmers: Chib

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 20: Vice Chairman, State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, (JKSABDK) Daljit Singh Chib, has reiterated the commitment of present Government for raising socio economic status of farming community.
This was stated by the Vice Chairman during a meeting convened to review progress on Paddy Procurement Centres opened in current season and to take inputs from members and farmers regarding the requirement of seed and fertilizers for upcoming Rabi Season in Jammu region.
Besides the members of the Board from Jammu Division, Managing Director Agro Industries Development Corporation Rakesh Khujaria, Secretary JKSABDK Abdul Hamid Wani, Assistant Director, Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) Dr. Majid Khan and the officers of various departments were present in the meeting.
Vice Chairman said that the Board is committed to the welfare of farmers of State. He said that there is urgent need to establish permanent procurement mandies and more Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the State for which the Board has also approached Union Agriculture Ministry for providing special funds to State Government.
The Vice Chairman assured the farmers that the matter regarding revival of cooperative sector especially for procurement and better marketing of agriculture products will be taken up with the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who is Chairperson of the Board.
Highlighting the importance of women in agriculture, the Vice Chairman said that Kissan Board will facilitate the women farmers, especially recently trained from Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi for making Self-help Groups for establishing their own Processing Units.
The Managing Director JK Agro Industries Development Corporation informed that the Corporation will provide necessary marketing platform for the entrepreneur and self-help groups engaged in food processing work.
The Board members highlighted various demands and problems regarding opening of more Maize Procurement Centres, Soil Testing facilities and timely inputs to the farmers so that they can live a dignified life. Some of the Board members suggested that the farmers should be provided quality seed and timely inputs besides a better marketing platform, besides all the crops grown in the State should be covered under Prime Minister’s Fasal Bima Yojana.
The issue of price fall in Basmati Rice was also raised by the farmers of R S Pura belt and the Board members requested that the Government should fix the Minimum Support price for Basmati Rice which shall remain in force till whole season so that the interest of the farmers are saved.

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