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The Government of Jammu and Kashmir is having a sharp focus on agriculture and allied sectors. In order to change the socio economic conditions in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir, different schemes have been introduced in agriculture and allied sectors.

Recently LG Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting to review performance of the Agriculture Production Department and progress made in agriculture, allied sector and flagship scheme of Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP).

The meeting, at Civil Secretariat, was attended by Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Sh Shailendra Kumar, Administrative Secretary, Agriculture Production Department (Addl. Charge); Sh Santosh D Vaidya, Principal Secretary, Finance Department; Dr Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Sh Baldev Prakash, MD & CEO J&K Bank; Dr Nazir A Ganai, Vice Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir and other senior officers.

He directed the officials to establish 2000 Kisan Khidmat Centres on priority for handholding and clusterization and linking all farmers to institutional credit.

Timely and hassle-free credit to small and marginal farmers would play an important role in increasing production.

Highlighting the important role SKUAST-Jammu and SKUAST-Kashmir in conceptualizing Holistic Agriculture Development Programme, he said the continued support of two Universities in implementation of 29 projects should be ensured.

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