Srinagar, Apr 27: More than 24,000 farmers have attended the orientation program under KISAN SAMPARK ABHIYAN during the first 3-day session across 264 venues in J&K drawing massive response from farming community from all the districts.
Financial Commissioner Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo said first of its kind massive farmer’s orientation exercise is being undertaken by Agriculture Production department in J&K whereby ambitious targets of reaching out to farmers in every Panchayat has been envisaged under the KISAN SAMPARK ABHIYAN in next 4 month.
The exercise started on April 24 and would conclude August 31. The farmer’s outreach exercise has been planned under the recently launched Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP). The orientation program is being organized simultaneously across all the districts of the UT.
“The program has been designed to be conducted on first three days of every week. An exhaustive District specific calendar has been issued by the government,” he said.
The resource persons for the orientations are officers and officials drawn from the Agriculture, Animal/Sheep Husbandry, Horticulture, Sericulture and Fisheries Departments, who were trained beforehand during the 641 training sessions which were held across all districts during the months of January to April.
“An innovative tool of describing the different schemes/programs using short films has been put in place. A total of 49 videos of schemes under HADP and other centrally sponsored schemes will be shown to the farmers across the venues in J&K,” he said.
Farmers were also informed about the mode of application under these schemes using the KISAN SATHI- the IT Dashboard of the schemes developed by APD.
“A simple scan of the QR codes on the pamphlets takes the farmer to the KISAN SATHI Portal where he can register easily and there is no need for visiting any office for applying under any of the schemes,” Dulloo.
Farmers were also apprised about the DAKSH KISAN- a Learning Management System (LMS) for skill development of the farmers.
A first of its kind in the country, DAKSH KISAN, has been developed by the Agriculture Production Department, where 118 skilling courses as per the agro-climatic zones of the J&K are available for free to the farmers.
Again, a simple scan of the QR code at the back of pamphlet takes the farmer to DAKSH KISAN Portal where he can register for free and undertake any skilling course of his/her liking.
The video lectures under the LMS are available in Kashmiri, Urdu, Dogri and Hindi and Textual material is available in Hindi Urdu and English. Besides specialized modules on business development and financial management have also been included to ensure that the farmers are not merely trained but become a skillful entrepreneur. The successful farmers who clear the course shall be provided Certificates from SKUAST-J/K.