26th August, 2017, Jammu
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jammu launched “Sankalp se Sidhi”(Determination to Attainment) in Jammu, today on 26th of August, 2017. Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, was the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh informed that ‘Sankalp Se Sidhi’ programme is being organised in each district of the country to fulfil the dream of Prime Minster of India for doubling the farmers’ income. Acknowledging the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in bringing the latest agricultural technologies at doorstep of the farmers, he suggested enhancing activities in villages for mobilization of farmers towards scientific agricultural practices. He highlighted the achievements and efforts of central government to enhance the standard of living of farmers by way of introduction of useful schemes. He further informed that the Union Government is working on seven point agenda for doubling the farmers income by 2022 and schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Pradham Mantri Sanchi Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme etc. are being launched for farmers to achieve higher production and income in agriculture.
Chief guest administered the New India Pledge to the participants for making India a great nation by 2022 and make the nation free from poverty, terrorism, communalism and casteism and work hard for doubling the income of farmers in next five years.
Prof. Pradeep K. Sharma, VC, SKUAST, Jammu and Guest of Honour suggested that farmers should adopt the integrated farming system model developed and standardized by SKUAST-Jammu for doubling the farm income. He emphasised that availability of proper market for farm produce would help a long way in achieving the goal of doubling the farmers’ income. He advised farmers to form Farmer Producer Organisations and Commodity Interest Groups to resolve the problem of agricultural marketing.
On the occasion Dr Gagan Bhagat, local MLA suggested the farmers must avail the benefits of the state and centrally sponsored schemes to increase farm productivity and their farm income. He urged the scientists and officers to work for overall development of agriculture and farmers in the district.
Earlier, Dr. R.K. Arora, Associate Director Extension and In-charge KVKs of Jammu Region suggested farmers to regularly visit and interacts with scientists of the University and KVK for seeking information on latest technological products and practices.
During the programme, a video dedicated with a message of Prime Minister of India to the farmers was also shown. An exhibition was also organised for the farmers in which public and private sector organizations displayed their exhibits.
More than 550 farmers, farm women and rural youth participated in the programme from all corners of the district.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)