Says initiative will ensure progress, prosperity of farmers in J&K
SRINAGAR, MAY 19: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo, today flagged off ‘Aalav’ awareness Van from Lal Chowk. The program aims to raise awareness about the Holistic Agriculture Development Plan (HADP) in the region. Atal Dulloo, who also serves as Vice Chairman of J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kisans, flagged off the awareness vehicle marking commencement of the ambitious ‘Aalav’ programme. Heads of Departments of Agriculture and allied sectors as well as board members were present during the flag-off ceremony. The event was also attended by progressive farmers from the Valley. In his address, Dulloo emphasized the three essential dimensions of Holistic Agriculture Development Plan including ‘economic development, social inclusion and environmental protection’. He highlighted that the Aalav programme would prioritize these dimensions to ensure the progress and prosperity of farmers in the region. He said that Aalav programme marks a significant step towards holistic development of agriculture in the region, fostering sustainable practices and empowering farmers with the necessary knowledge and resources to thrive in their endeavors. He added that it is a testament to the government’s dedication towards welfare and progress of farmers, as they continue to play a vital role in growth of the agricultural sector. The Aalav Programme, a key component of HADP, aims to create a comprehensive support system for farmers. It was informed that it focuses on providing them with access to training, resources and information necessary for sustainable and profitable agriculture. Through this initiative, the Agriculture Production Department and the J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kisans aim to empower farmers and enable them to adapt to new challenges and explore new possibilities in agriculture. The inaugural ceremony of the Aalav programme was followed by successful completion of UT level training and orientation program for officers, which focused on effective implementation of 29 projects under the HADP. This training program equipped officers with the knowledge and skills required to support farmers and maximize the benefits of the policies and schemes under HADP. To ensure success of this ambitious program, 400 resource persons have been trained across all districts. These trained individuals will serve as a bridge between the government and the farming community, providing guidance and assistance to farmers in implementing various schemes and accessing the available resources. Additionally, 45 educational videos in multiple languages have been developed and are being screened in Panchayats to educate farmers about the schemes under HADP. Secretary, J&K Advisory Board for Development of Kisans, Abdul Hamid Wani, also spoke at the event, highlighting the board’s commitment towards ensuring effective implementation of the government’s meticulous plan.