Ranchi, Feb 6: Chief Secretary R.S. Sharma today said that value should be added to the scheme of development of wastelands through Cashew cultivation.
He was speaking a review meeting of Agriculture Department at the Project Building in which department’s extension programmes, projects under Jharkhand State Horticulture Mission and problems related to the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) was discussed.
Chief Secretary directed to resolve the issues related to KCC, which was an innovative credit delivery mechanism to meet the production credit requirements of the farmers in a timely and hassle-free manner.
The KCC is a smart card cum debit card which could be used in the ATMs and other hand held swipe machines.
At the meeting, the Agriculture and Sugarcane Development Secretary N.M. Kulkarni presented the major achievements of the Department under extension reforms undertaken during the Year 2013-14 and gave the progress report of National e-governance Project and Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in the Agriculture Sector.
The Chief Secretary suggested that the list of beneficiaries should be updated and must be available on the website of Jharkhand State Horticulture Mission (JSHM). He also said to link the JSHM website with the Jharkhand government portal-jharkhand.gov.in.
National Horticulture Mission Director, Dr. Prabhakar Singh gave details of the Cashew plantations carried out under by JSHM.
Dr Singh in his presentation also gave details of the status of sanctioned projects under JSHM, which included units of Spawn production, Turmeric Processing and Seed Processing. He showed the pictures of high-density guava, banana plantation, Rejuvenation at Silinda Farm Unit carried out under the JSHM.
The meeting was informed that 1436 farmers from Jharkhand have registered online for Krishi Vasant-2014 -National Agriculture Fair cum Exhibition – being organised at Nagpur from 9th to 13 February.