Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Said, "We are addressing concerns of small, marginal farmers"
Lieutenant Governor of Jammu Mr, Manoj Sinha on Tuesday addressed the first Zonal Convention on Natural Farming at SKUAST-Jammu. The two-day convention on the theme “Natural Farming: A National Priority for Human Health and Ecological Restoration” will focus on the major thrust areas of environmental safety, public health, and agricultural sustainability towards ensuring the growth and prosperity of the farming community.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor congratulated AGRIVISION and SKUAST-Jammu for organizing the convention on the relevant topic of natural farming.
He said that such deliberations will help the policymakers, planners, and farmers to focus on increasing the sustainability of farm livelihoods, environmental safety, and human health.
The Lt Governor said that J&K UT is giving major impetus to natural and organic farming and has registered a record increase in terms of area covered under organic certification in a sustainable manner. Today, J&K is amongst the major organic producing States/UTs in the country. We are methodically developing a robust ecosystem by extending financial assistance, and technological and marketing support for better realization of prices to farmers, the Lt Governor added.
With the combination of market linkages, large-scale mechanization, organic farming, and farmer-centric reforms, we have made significant achievements in increasing our farmers' income, wherein J&K ranks third in the list of top five states in terms of relative income of farmers. Our agriculture sector is going to contribute substantially towards realizing the goal of a self-reliant India, the Lt Governor said.
Expressing gratitude to Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for making organic farming a mass movement, the Lt Governor urged the farming community to pay more attention to diversification along with shift to organic farming.