In the recent past the government has encouraged farmers to go for cultivation of oilseeds.
Recently, the Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, inaugurated Sarson Utsav and launched Kharif Campaign-2023.
The Agriculture Department Kashmir celebrated the utsav at Subhanpura, Arwani Bijbehara.
He said that the department has been working on a blueprint from last more than two years to bring more and more areas under the cultivation of oilseeds (mustard).
In this regard, this year more than 1 lakh 40 thousand hectares of land has been brought under oilseed cultivation.
He said that to minimize dependence on import of edible oils from other parts of the country, the department has planned a program under national oilseed mission wherein a number of incentives including distribution of free seed, technical assistance, farm machines are being introduced to promote and strengthen cultivation of oilseed (mustard) in the region.
‘This year we are expecting a bumper oil seed crop which will contribute towards socio economic transformation of the farming community of the region besides generating employment opportunities for the educated youth of the UT’.