As part of the Government of India’s Public Outreach Programme for Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar and the two Ministers of State reached Srinagar today and held interactions with farmers, horticulturists, agriculture scientists and other stakeholders to get first hand appraisals of numerous welfare schemes and policies being taken in the region.
The Minister was accompanied by his two deputies-Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Kailiash Choudhary and Ms Shobha Karandlaje.
The Minister termed the region as an important part of the country in its progress while calling J&K as the Crown of India and is shoulder-to-shoulder in the country’s progress and development towards self-reliance. He made these remarks while interacting with farmers, apple growers and horticulturists at the Centre of Excellence at Zawoora, Srinagar.
The Minister was responding to farmers and growers who raised several issues during their interaction with the visiting Union Ministers’ team. The issues these horticulturists flagged include absence of lending from other banks, start-up policy, Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for C-grade apple produce and Fasal Bima Yojan for apples.
Counting the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power, Mr Tomar said that numerous schemes have been implemented for farmers and growers welfare throughout the country and there is visible change on the ground also.
The Minister complemented the J&K Administration and Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and said that due to certain problems, the region lagged behind on the path of progress and there was an imbalance. However, owing to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, J&K is now progressing and playing its part in the country’s progress, he added.