24th March, 2017, Jammu
The first meeting of the Co-ordination Committee for Doubling the Farmers’ Income in Jammu and Kashmir State by 2022 was held at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, Chatha, Jammu under the Chairmanship of Dr Pradeep K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Sheri Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology-Jammu.
Dr D. B. Singh, Director, ICAR-CITH, Srinagar, convener of the committee made a presentation on the Objectives and Agenda of the meeting. He informed that in the State of J&K, the share of Agriculture and allied sector to GDP is 20.6% and this sector supports the livelihood of about 70% of the population.
Dr Pradeep K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-J observed that three pronged approach was needed to double the income of farmers in a given time-frame viz (a) increasing the productivity, quality production and reducing the cost of production, (b) access to assured market and (c) Policy support.
Shri Shyam Sunder Agarwal, Deputy Director, MoFPI, felt the need to decipher the existing production level of important agricultural commodities, their wastage at farm level and economic status of farmers, separately for each climatic zone. There was need for identification of the key areas which needed improvement. He mentioned that preservation and processing of agricultural commodities would not only reduce the wastage but also ensure the stable and assured market to the farmers, which will eventually increase their income realization. He informed that at present MoFPI is supporting setting up of one Mega Food Park at Pulwama, four integrated cold chains at Baramula, Pulwama, Jammu and Rangreth, and 2 modern abattoirs at Srinagar and Jammu.
The meeting focused on farm income potential of Jammu and Kashmir State and the strategies for doubling Farmers’ Income in the State by 2022. Role of approaches like increasing farm productivity, quality production and reducing the cost of production, access to market for better realization of farmers’ produce, policy support, infrastructural development, HRD and extension for achieving the target of 2022 were discussed.
Directors of State Development Departments and other Senior Officials of State Government Departments attended the meeting and provided significant inputs.
(Source: ICAR –CITH, Srinagar)