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Annual vegetable production touches Rs 1200 cr in Valley: Dir Agri Kashmir

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Budgam, Mar 21: On the eve of Navroz, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Aijaz Andrabi   inaugurated transplanting day in District Budgam and conducted an extensive tour of vegetable clusters here at Bugam and Narkara.
The Director inaugurated various farmer friendly training programmes in the district. While interacting with a large gathering of farmers at Budgam, the Director highlighted importance of vegetable potential of the area. He said that Kashmir is gifted with a temperate climate and  it can export more vegetables in the hot summer season to other states.  
The Director said that valley produces vegetable worth Rs 1200 crores annually out of which vegetables worth Rs 600 crore are exported to other states. He said that farmers have reached a reasonable yield potential in vegetable production. “Now there is need for shifting to exotic and high value vegetable like broccoli, parsley and other varieties to earn more profit,” he said. He emphasised upon   proper marketing of Valley vegetables by constituting different groups and societies and branding the products, labelling and packaging in an attractive manner. 
He encouraged the growers to form  FPOs (Farmer produce organizations) and register themselves with the cooperatives and sell their produce under a brand name.
The Director also stressed on establishment of a Mandi in a nearby area by the local FPOs and seeking financial support from NABARD. The Director also assured the farmers to provide the transportation of their fresh vegetables to other states in refrigeration vans, which will be given by the department on the requirement of the growers.
In another event, organised at vegetable village Narkara, the Director, while interacting with the farmers,  informed that a Mandi will be soon set up in the area by the assistance of NABARD.
Meanwhile, the local farmers sought enhancement of Polygreen Houses, IP Sets, equipments and insurance cover to the crops   to save the losses during adverse conditions and natural calamities.  
The Director assured the farmers for addressing their issues and problems. He also instructed the officers to identify 200 young entrepreneurs for special training in high tech vegetable cultivation through National Horticulture Board (NHB) in Pune and Bangaluru.
On the occasion, Chief Agriculture Officer informed that under vegetable cluster, 183 hectares of area is in Bugam and 240 hectares in Narkara of district Budgam. He said that efforts of the department are on to provide latest technologies and inputs to the farmers to give boost to the vegetable industry.

Joint Director Agriculture Inputs, Deepak Kumar Kuchroo, and Project Coordinator Mushroom Avinash Peer and senior Officers of the department were also accompanying. 

 
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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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