All India Farmer’s Empowerment Campaign organised at Katra

Minister for Agriculture Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura inaugurates All India Farmer’s Empowerment Campaign at Katra

Making a strong pitch for sensitizing the farmers about the latest techniques and adoption of better  agricultural  practices Minister for Agriculture Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura  said that aim should be to  increase  production on sustainable basis with reduction in cost of cultivation.

 The Minister was addressing a function after inaugurating All India Farmer’s Empowerment Campaign organized by the Rural Development Wing of Raj Yoga Education and Research Foundation (RDRYERF) and Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidhyalaya, Mount Abu held at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Spiritual Growth Centre Auditorium Katra, today.

The Minister appreciated the efforts of the  Organizers for organizing the  programme and asked them to involve more and more farmers in the campaign and motivate them to adopt improved agricultural  practices and  take up  organic farming . He said use of organic manures and promotion of organic farming is the need of the time  which can help in  maintaining environmental balance. Mr. Hanjura stressed on organizing more such awareness programmes in other parts of the State especially in rural and far-flung areas. He also appealed the NGO’s and other stakeholders to come forward to promote traditional agricultural activities.

The Minister said agriculture is the backbone of our economy and the Government has launched various schemes for the welfare of the farmers. He emphasized on   making the farmers aware about these schemes so that they can avail their benefits adding that  in this regard, the Government has started organizing  Kissan Melas cum Awareness Camps and Exhibitions at district and block levels in the State.

Mr. Hanjura also said that there is still a greater potential for production of many other organic crops in  Reasi district which can find a promising market at Katra et. He said many specialties like Bhadarwahi Rajmash, Basmati Rice, Kashmiri apples, Cowpeas, Honey, Ginger, Garlic and other products of our State can be a choice for the visiting tourists .

Dignitaries of Brahma Kumaris Organization including B. K. RaJinder Bhai, Rajyogini B K Sudarshan Didi, Rajyogini B. K. Sarla Didi, B. K. Kiran, B. K. Ravinder and B. K. Rumal also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the activities of the Orgainization and about the Perpetual Yogic Agriculture ( Shashwat Yogic Kheti).

Among others, Director Agriculture Jammu, Dr. S. S. Jamwal, OSD Dr. G. N. Bhat, senior officers of Agriculture department, Executive Members of Brahma Kumaris Organization and good number of farmers were present on the occasion.