The dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to see the income of the farmers double by end of 2022 may not become a reality at least in Kashmir.
The Agriculture department has not been able to formulate a vision document to facilitate the ways and means through which the farmers make a better use of technological intervention in the field of agriculture. Neither the department has been able to provide marketing support to the farmers.
The government has engaged an army of employees in the Agriculture department. Even there are qualified professionals who are expected to deliver but have they delivered? It’s a million dollar question which the Agriculture department can answer.
The Agriculture is the backbone of our economy and to increase farmers produce new farm inputs need to be provided to the farmers besides enabling them to sell their produce in markets and linking villages with grain procurement centers. It would help to raise their income which in turn stimulates the farmer’s interest to adopt better farm technology with sufficient income.
The farmers cannot count upon primitive methods anymore as times have changed. They need to be made aware about the organic farming and other scientific methods which can increase the yield.
Sustainable agriculture means an integrated approach to increasing farm yield and managing resources in order to address all three critical aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental and social.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has to work hard to revive the Agriculture sector and help the farmers as the season in Kashmir is short. The people at the helm need to bear it in my mind that farmers in Kashmir can only grow one crop in a year. Kashmir needs special attention.