Srinagar, July 18: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said today that some people, especially in Pakistan, do not like the change in atmosphere in Kashmir over the past two years.
During the inauguration of a two-day multi-stakeholder convention on holistic agriculture at SKICC in Srinagar, Sinha said that an environment of peace and order is very important for development for which people will also have to take responsibility. .
He said that development can only take place when there is peace. “You have to keep that in mind. There is no place in the world that has progressed when there was no peace,” he said.
He said the highest tourist influx has been recorded in Kashmir this year and in the past two years things have changed a lot here and people are fully aware of that.
“In 2020, only 32 flights were operated at Srinagar airport and in contrast, there are 120 flights operated at Srinagar airport today,” he said.
He added that rail connectivity from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will be operational next year as some people do not like these things especially the neighboring country.
“Another challenge ahead of us is to increase farmers’ incomes through the growth of the dairy industry, fishing and animal husbandry. We need a sustained investment effort in the dairy sector to improve milk processing from 1.5 lakh liters to 5 lakh liters over the next three years,” the LG said.
He added that they are also focusing on bigger investments in agribusinesses. “High value crops and higher added value will give this industry a boost. Our main objective is to double the contribution of the agricultural and related sector to the GSDP,” he said.
The two-day conference aims to build innovative structures for the holistic development of agriculture and related sectors at J&K with the help of renowned scientists and policy planners in the country.
LG has announced that a committee of senior agricultural scientists will be formed under the chairmanship of renowned scientist Dr. Mangala Rai to prepare a futuristic roadmap for the accelerated development of agriculture and related sectors and make the viable, stable and sustainable agriculture.
“Noting the immense scope of opportunity to harness the real potential of agriculture and related sectors and make it a strong foundation of UT’s economy,” the LG said the government is focusing on greater investments in agro-industries.
“High value crops, higher value added will give this industry a boost. Our main objective is to double the contribution of agriculture and related sectors to the GSDP,” he added.
“85% of farmers have smaller farms. Innovative, economically viable solutions to improve the productivity of small and marginal farmers are urgently needed. We need to bridge the gap between achieved and achievable goals, we need to strengthen extension services and quality inputs,” the LG added.
“We need to increase exports while maintaining food security. We need to streamline farming practices to ensure better incentives for farmers. We need to streamline value-added technology for food processing, packaging, market outreach and minimize post-harvest waste,” he said.
He said the Prime Minister’s acceleration of agricultural reforms appears to be bearing fruit; average farm income has increased, and now J&K is in the top 5 states/UT. “However, filling the policy vacuum of the past decades in the agricultural sector requires concerted efforts by all stakeholders,” he observed.