DC advises farmers to supply to schools, hospitals

DAPORIJO, Feb 15: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Danish Ashraf has advised the district’s farmers to tie up with schools, anganwadi centres and hospitals to supply vegetables and fruits round the year to these institutions.
Addressing a meeting of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) scientific advisory committee here recently, the DC took serious note of the status of supply of midday meals in schools, anganwadi centres and hospitals in the district, and advised the KVK and progressive farmers to come up with a viable model of vegetable farming to supply to these institutions.
The meeting, which also saw the participation of HoDs and progressive farmers, was held to discuss the KVKs’ action plan for 2018-19, and to review the progress of its activities so far.
Ashraf, however, praised the KVK for its service to the farmers of the district, and advised it to coordinate with the administration in implementation of various schemes.
The administration has enough resources and funds to assist the agriculture and allied departments, he said.
He asked the departments concerned to launch an initiative on pine nut and walnut plantation, and urged the KVK to analyze soil for identifying the suitability of such plantations in the district.
KVK SMS Arvind Pratap enumerated the hardships faced by the kendra’s staff in procuring quality seeds, fingerlings, animal stock and other inputs essential for the KVK’s activities, due to connectivity and poor courier service in the district. He sought the administrations’ assistance in this regard.
DDA in-charge Rukdam Jeram advised the progressive farmers to get acquainted with marketing strategies for bringing maximum returns from their harvest and produce. He advised the KVK’s subject matter specialists to tie up with the APMC for preparing marketing strategies for the benefit of the local farmers.
DFDO Taye Riamuk suggested continuing sponsored training programmes, and increasing the number of training programmes in fishery. He advised the farmers to take keen interest in paddy-cum-fish farming, saying it has tremendous scope in the district.
KVK specialists presented the status of completed activities and the proposed annual action plan for 2018-19, and apprised the DC of the shortcomings.
The KVK also released its annual newsletter. Various schemes, along with ideas for the welfare of the farmers, midday meals, etc, were discussed during the meeting. (DIPRO)