As the edible oil is becoming very costly, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has recently launched a valley wide campaign to double the area under Oilseeds (Mustard).
In order to double the income of farmers in Kashmir, the department of Agriculture recently launched a two day massive campaign under ‘National Mission on Edible Oils’ for doubling the area under Oilseeds (Mustard) during Rabi 2021-22.
The campaign was initiated by Director Agriculture Kashmir, from Srinagar district and a series of events including field visits, participation in Oilseed sowing operations, awareness programs for farmers and interactive sessions with the farmers, bike and car rallies were also organized by the department across the valley.
After formally inaugurating the mass campaign, he said that AP&FWD under the supervision of senior officers has chalked out an ambitious plan for increasing oilseed production to cut imports of edible oil in the country. The Government is planning to double the area under the cultivation of oilseeds during the coming Rabi season by way of utilizing paddy land which otherwise remains idle during the winter in cold climatic areas, and sowing mustard in these paddy lands will produce an additional crop. He emphasized on the importance of oilseed in the agriculture sector. He said there is a great scope for this crop in the valley as far its productivity is concerned and oil recovery rate is comparatively better than many other parts of the country, and these are the driving forces that the department is taking seriously to increase the area under this crop.