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Agriculture, Horticulture Department Kargil organize Annual Exhibition cum Kissan Mela at Batalik

Kargil (Ladakh), October 16(Scoop News)-Chairman and Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC, Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan today said that farming practices in agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors should be in line with the changing trends and demands of the present times and vegetable and fruit growers need to be apprised with better processing, packaging and marketing procedures so that they are in a position to improve their economy.
The CEC stated this while addressing farmers during the Annual Agriculture and Horticulture Exhibition cum Kissan Mela jointly organized by the Department of Horticulture and the Department of Agriculture Kargil at Batalik here today.
Executive Councillor for Health Muhammad Ali Chandan, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil Tsering Motup, BDC Chairperson Sodh Block Zakir Hussain, Executive Officer Kargil Development Authority (KDA) Ghulam Mohiuddin Wani, Chief Horticulture Officer Kargil Muhammad Zaffar, Chief Agriculture Officer Kargil Kacho Muhammad Ali Khan, District Horticulture Officer Kargil Ali Raza, Head Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Kargil Dr Ghulam Mehdi and district officers were present on the occasion.
CEC Khan while congratulating the departments of Horticulture, Agriculture and KVK Kargil for having organized the annual exhibition cum kissan mela expressed optimism that the step will go a long way in enhancing the level of understanding of the farmers in terms of adopting diverse cropping pattern and use of modern agriculture and horticulture techniques which would help them to attain economic security.
Feroz Khan said that introduction of globally accepted techniques, farm machinery and promotion of diversified cropping system was the priority of the LAHDC to make horticulture, agriculture and activities in the allied sectors a profitable activity. He also stressed on organizing of massive awareness about these schemes and programmes at district, block and Panchayat levels to enlighten the farming community about new farm machinery, hybrid seeds, organic farming and other agriculture inputs for better produce.
Underlining the potential of agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors in providing economic security to the rural population, CEC Khan urged the progressive farmers especially the educated unemployed youth to start their business ventures in these sectors by way of establishing of business units for which the LAHDC Kargil would extend them all possible support.
Executive Councillor for Agriculture Muhammad Ali Chandan in his address advised the farmers to adopt integrated farming and cultivate high value crops with value addition to increase their income and stressed the farmers to brand their products and adopt cooperative based market linking so that the agriculture and horticulture sectors are made remunerative. He urged the CEC Kargil to devise a mechanism for viable marketing opportunities to the farmers to enable them to sell their produce in fruit mandis.
Meanwhile, the officers of Agriculture and Horticulture departments while highlighting the achievements of their respective departments apprised the CEC about various schemes being undertaken for the welfare of farming community in the district.
Earlier, the CEC and EC Agriculture inspected the stalls set up by the departments showcasing different varieties of locally grown fruits and vegetables by the local farmers. Farm machinery was also showcased during the mela.
During the Kisan Mela, farmers interacted with the agricultural scientists and officers who gave them suggestions regarding the present technology and schemes. People including growers, farmers, and entrepreneurs from Batalik and adjoining villages were present at the event.
The CEC and other dignitaries also distributed prizes among the progressive farmers and those framers who had exhibited their locally grown vegetables and fruits during the annual exhibition cum kissan mela.
Later, the CEC along with the EC Agriculture and other concerned officers visited Chulichan Shagaran to inspect the proposed site for construction of Batalik War Memorial.
The CEC gave on spot directions to the Executive Officer, KDA to demarcate the land besides ensuring the preparation of necessary papers so that work on the project could be kick started in a timely manner.



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