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Jammu, Nov 05: Vice Governor Manoj Sinha today chaired a high-level meeting of the J&K Kisans Development Advisory Board to discuss the roadmap for holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors at the Convention Center here .

The meeting featured meaningful and insightful discussions as participants shared their assessment of the agricultural sector and reviewed the main committee’s recommendations and the UT administration’s efforts for a major agricultural transformation.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt. Governor said the Apex Committee on Holistic Agriculture has provided a roadmap for transforming subsistence farming into a sustainable commercial agroeconomy.

“We are taking an integrated approach to address the extreme vulnerability of agriculture to ensure higher productivity and greater resilience,” he said.

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“Our approach is farmer- and community-centered, allowing for greater farmer participation in policy and ensuring that their input is taken into account in decision-making and that they benefit from increased productivity, diversification, access to credit and the required technical assistance,” he added.

The Lieutenant Governor said that the integrated approach will enable and strengthen market access for small and marginal farmers. With inclusion, our goal is to improve the flow of credit from banks to the agricultural sector and, in particular, to small and marginal farmers, he added.

The Lieutenant Governor commended the efforts of Dr. Mangala Rai, who headed the main committee at the UT level and prepared a vision document for the holistic development of agriculture and related sectors and the agricultural community.

Dr. Mangala Rai’s detailed report has addressed all the aspects, problems and concerns related to farmers and agriculture, he said.

The Lt. Governor said that the Apex Committee report itself is a groundbreaking policy document and is historic not only for J&K but also for the country. The recommendations would bring about a major agricultural transformation in UT, he added.

The Vice Governor also emphasized the promotion of integrated and diversified agriculture. He also directed NABARD and the banking sector to aggressively increase lending in the agricultural and related sectors.

Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Agricultural Production Department, briefed the meeting on key aspects of the Apex Committee’s goals, strategies and outcomes of recommendations.

Professor JP Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu, and Professor Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST Kashmir also shared their views on the vision document prepared for the holistic development of agriculture and allied sector in J&K.

Dr. Anjum Andrabi gave a detailed PowerPoint presentation on the salient features and substance of the projects approved by the Apex Committee and their likely impact.

Administrative Secretaries, members of the J&K Kisans Development Advisory Board, members of the agricultural community, as well as officials from Agriculture and related departments were present for the occasion.

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