Jammu and Kashmir government today approved the implementation of National Food Security Mission (NFSM) with an outlay of Rs 25.06 crore for this fiscal.
The State Level Executive Committee headed by Chief Secretary M I Khandey reviewed and approved the implementation of NFSM 2014-15 with an outlay of Rs 25.06 crore comprising NFSM-Rice, NFSM-Wheat and NFSM-Coarse Cereals for Rs 5.21 crore, Rs 12.63 crore and Rs 7.22 crore, respectively, an official spokesman said.
He said the plan envisages interventions like demonstration on improved technologies and varieties, HYV Seed distribution, need based plant and soil protection management, energy management and efficient water application tools viz-Conoweeder, Rotavators, Pump sets, Paddy Thrasher, Multi-crop planter, cropping system based training to farmers and construction of godowns at approved rate of assistance.
The Mission focuses on low productivity and high potential districts, Agro-Climatic Zone wise planning, promotion and extension of improved technology and integration of various proposed interventions and targets with the district plan, the spokesman said adding the objective is to increase the production of rice, wheat and coarse cereals, restore soil fertility and productivity at individual farm level and enhance farm profits.
He said State Mission Director, NFSM, S S Jamwal presented the achievements registered during the year 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 under NFSM in the state.
Jamwal said the production of food grains, oil seeds and vegetables in J&K stands at 16.25 lakh tonnes (LT), 1.263 LT and 13.67 tonnes, respectively.
He said as many as 107 Rotavator, 979 Irrigation Pump sets besides other farm equipments have been provided under NFSM-Rice and as many as 288 Rotavators, 1,506 Knap Sack Spray Pump and 909 Irrigation Pumpsets have been provided under NFSM Wheat, besides other farm machinery.