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Sinha and Sharma inaugurate Technology Exhibition-cum-Seed Mela at SKUAST Kashmir

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying inaugurated the two-day Technology Exhibition-cum-Seed Mela at SKUAST Kashmir, today, an official;l press release informed.

It said the event witnessed the inauguration of various works and programmes including SKUAST Kashmir’s commercial Silage Unit, Krishi Radio and Rural Internship – Student Rural Exploration programme of J&K Government under HADP.

In his address, Union minister Parshottam Rupala commended the LG-led UT administration for transforming the agriculture and allied sector of J&K and promoting innovation-based Agri Startups, the press release said.

It said the minister also announced an Aqua park for J&K. He assured all possible support in upscaling the livestock production, establishment of modern fish markets and creating more livelihood avenues for the local farmers and pastoralists in the Union Territory.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG expressed gratitude to the Union minister and the Government of India for their support and cooperation in the development of agriculture and allied sector of the Union Territory.

He also appreciated the vital role of SKUAST-Kashmir in driving reforms in the agriculture sector and unlocking the potential of Jammu & Kashmir.

“Today, we celebrate the spirit of innovation and resilience that defines our agricultural landscape. This event serves as a platform for knowledge exchange, technology dissemination, and market linkages, empowering our farmers to embrace modern practices while preserving our age-old traditions,” the LG said.

With the theme “From Green and White Revolution to Blue Revolution: Cold Water Fisheries a Game Changer in J&K,” this year’s Mela heralds a new era of agricultural transformation, where the bounty of our water bodies enriches the lives of all, he said.

In the unique context of Jammu & Kashmir, agriculture including livestock, and fisheries sectors hold even greater significance. Together, they contribute a staggering 51 percent to our State Gross Domestic Product (SGDP), underscoring their pivotal role in our economic prosperity. With its diverse climate, fertile lands, and abundant water resources, our region is ideally suited for agricultural development, particularly in livestock rearing and fisheries activities, the LG said.

He reiterated the commitment of the government to harness the potential of agriculture and allied sectors to create a brighter tomorrow for generations to come.

“We are making dedicated efforts to extend the benefits of the insurance scheme to the livestock sector. Effective implementation of PM Fasal Bima Yojana and saturation of Kisan Credit Card is being ensured. By June this year, tap water connectivity will reach every household in J&K,” the LG said.

He said the inauguration of the Silage Making Unit at KVK Ganderbal reflects our efforts to promote fodder conservation and livestock productivity. Silage, made from fermented green fodder, serves as a nutritious and cost-effective feed option, especially during periods of scarcity, he observed.

Similarly, the launch of the Krishi Radio for the farming community signifies our recognition of the power of communication in driving agricultural transformation, the LG added.

“Government is implementing the Holistic Agricultural Development Programme (HADP) in Jammu & Kashmir. The 29 projects of HADP are aimed at transforming subsistence agriculture into sustainable commercial agri-economy and to create an agri-business ecosystem. HADP will promote inbuilt risk management through diversification and resilient and smart agricultural practices. HADP’s projects will put the agricultural economy on a new trajectory of growth,” the LG said.

The LG also highlighted the efforts of the UT Administration, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, for the empowerment of farmers, Gujjar-Bakerwals, Pahari and other tribal communities.

“Individual rights under the Forest Rights Act will be handed over to the remaining eligible beneficiaries in the next two months. We are also going to provide a great relief to seasonal teachers. The working period of Seasonal Teachers will be extended from 6 months to 9 months,” the LG said.

A Start-Up Studio was unveiled and a publication on Pastoralism in India was also released by the dignitaries.

Alka Upadhyay, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, GoI; Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department J&K; Prof. Nazir A. Ganai, Vice Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir, senior officials of Government of India and UT administration, farmers, agri-entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and students were present.

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