In a recent visit, the Union Agriculture Minister and his team of ministers have expressed satisfaction that the farmers of Jammu region were trying to take advantage of all the government schemes and will soon reap the benefits of their hard work.
Detailing the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, the Minister informed that the Centre Government has already disbursed Rs 1,58,000 crore to more than 11 crore farmers through the scheme. More than 17 hundred farmers of J&K have also received an amount of Rs 6 thousand per year under the scheme.
The government has said that through his intervention, marginal farmers and orchardists with land holding of 1 kanal are now being provided government support. Earlier the minimum requirement was capped at 4 kanal.
With high density plantation technique, around one thousand plants can be planted in one hectare land. The number is significant as earlier only four hundred plants were being planted in the same land. Thus, with high density plantation, orchardists could easily double their income.
Government recently informed that the UT administration has been successful in increasing horticulture cover in Jammu division from 50 thousand to 10 lakh plants this year. Greater targets have been set for subsequent years,. The department is proactively promoting plantation of less water-intensive crops like lemongrass and aloevera in kandi areas of the region. Land amounting to 1500 hectares has come under the two kinds of plantations so far.