Waii calls for commercialization of agriculture to boost rural economy
FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 26: Aruchal Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kumar Waii has stressed on the need for commercialization of agriculture to uplift rural economy in the state. Addressing an annual review meeting of the department here yesterday, Waii directed the department to formulate a state specific pilot project for agriculture.
He advocated for state specific flexibility in operatiol guidelines for holistic and successful implementation of Central Sector Schemes. He asked all departmental officials to serve the farming community with dedication and sincerity, an official report informed here today.
Parliamentary Secretary (Agri) Tatung Jamoh suggested for better cooperation, coordition and maintence of utmost transparency in execution of all departmental programmes. He emphasized on timely submission of reports, returns, supervision of schemes at every level, importance to marketing of agricultural produce.
Director of Agriculture Hage Kano briefed on various central sector and state plan schemes being implemented by the department and its mode of implementation. He informed that the department is implementing major tiol flagship programmes for agriculture, like Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchaai Yoja and Soil Health Card besides various other important flagship programmes of central and the state governments.
To overcome the impediments in programme execution, the director emphasised on the need of regular review of the schemes so that constraints can be rectified.
Commissioner, Agriculture Hage Khoda stressed upon the necessity to increase cropping intensity of crops and seed replacement ratio, especially for low productive indigenous local varieties of paddy besides other crops on priority to boost the present production and productivity of cereals as well as other food crops.
The commissioner emphasized on organic farming in accordance with the ‘State Organic policy 2014’, supply and distribution of quality farm inputs, revamping of departmental farms for improvement and preservation of local germplasm for benefit of the farming community and prioritizing post harvest magement of agricultural produces.
The two-day annual review meeting is being attended by all district level officers of the department for review of status and progress of centrally sponsored schemes and State Plan programmes and to address issues being faced for growth and development of agriculture sector in the state, the report added.