Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director of Kashmir’s Agriculture Department said that efforts are on at full swing to link farmers’ produce to the national market in order to enable them to improve their livelihood.
“The (Agriculture) department has envisaged a plan for the development of farming sector in the valley which includes maintaining timeliness in agriculture operations, increase production and productivity, reduce human labour besides providing better transportation and marketing facility to the growers and farmers to improve the farming community,” Andrabi said.
He was speaking at a function organised to hand over the keys of two Bolero pickup vans to the farmers of district Budgam and Baramulla under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme.
Andrabi stressed upon the farmers to avail various farmer friendly schemes launched by the government to achieve the goal of doubling the farmers income by 2022.
He advised the beneficiaries to use these vehicles in the best interest of farming operations and added that these pick-up vans will not only help the beneficiary to transport their fresh produce to the local mandies but also to the national market which will ultimately fetch better prices.
The function was attended by Joint Director, Agriculture Inputs, Amir-ud-din Andrabi, Divisional Manager Agro’s, Rashid-ul-Hassan Koul, besides other senior officers of the department.