Stating that agriculture and allied sectors are the major source of livelihood for a large chunk of population in Jammu and Kashmir, the Advisor to Governor, BB Vyas on Wednesday directed the officers to ensure that the productivity of these critical sectors gets a boost.
He also stressed on exploring new and modern ways of marketing so that the economy of the farmers and state gets a fillip.
The advisor, according to an official spokesperson, was speaking at a review meeting of the Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture and allied departments here on Wednesday.
The advisor said that the government has taken a number of initiatives for development of agriculture, allied sectors with focused strategy to increase production, productivity of crops and to enable farmers to take advantage of market opportunities.
Vyas while stressing on putting in place an effective outreach and extension programme said that the same is pivotal for making the farmers and people related with these sectors aware about the new interventions in the field. He said the officers should also conduct regular field visits in order to get the status of implementation of these initiatives and also requisite feedback from the framers.
He emphasized that focus should shift to agricultural models to increase farmers’ income, saying this can only be brought about by improving productivity, lowering costs, enhancing efficiency, providing market access to farmers, making them producers of products rather than commodities