Rs 2 cr utilised for enhancing agriculture productivity
An amount of Rs 2 crore has been utilised for enhancing the production and productivity of various crops in this north Kashmir district during the year 2013-14.
The amount has been spent under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes like Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Vegetable Initiative, Horticulture Mission and ATMA under District Plan, director agriculture, Kashmir Mushtaq Peerzada said.
He said that 3000 quintals of paddy seed and 1100 quintals of Hybrid Maize was supplied to farmers at subsidised rates to achieve the seed replacement rate of 33 per cent in respect of paddy and 25 per cent in respect of Maize. In addition, Hybrid seeds worth Rs 20 lakh were also distributed among the vegetable growers of the District on 90 per cent subsidy.
Officials said during the year 2013-14, seven tractors, 51 tillers, 190 irrigation pump sets, 60 tool kits, 32 power sprayers, 51 tool sprayers, 60 poly house structures, 100 vermi-compost units, 12 motorized carts and 50 manually operated carts were distributed among farmers. They informed that 1000 MT capacity seed storage building was being constructed at Peth Seer, Sopore which will come up at a cost of Rs 38 lakh to strengthen the seed infrastructure facilities in the district.
(Posted on 18-05-2014)