Dr Jitendra lays foundation of JK’s first ‘Seed Processing Plant’ at Kathua

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KATHUA, Sep 13: Union Minister of State for Prime Minister Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh today laid foundation stone of J&K`s first 'Seed Processing Plant & Storage Godown' here at village Janglote, near Panchayat Ghar, Kathua. Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma, DC Kathua, Rohit Khajuria, SSP Kathua, Shridhar Patil, Director Agriculture, S K Razdan, representative of National Seed Corporation Ltd and other district officers were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh informed that the plant will be made operational under the administrative control of National Seed Corporation Ltd. This initiative, once it attains its optimal scale, will help J&K become self-sustaining in seed production, Dr Jitendra Singh said, adding that that the processing unit will help farmers in increasing revenue in comparison with their income from traditional grain production and aims towards boosting the agriculture sector of the State along with doubling farmer's income by 2022.
He further informed that the farmers will be provided high quality seed of different varieties suitable for cultivation in accordance with the climate of the different regions of the State. After growing the same in their farms, the Corporation will purchase the same and the seed will be sold to Agriculture Department, after proper processing and certification, which in turn will supply it to farmers of the State for sowing the same in their fields to increase their production, he added.
Besides boosting the production of farmers in the State, over 1000 people will get employment through the Seed Processing Plant, directly or indirectly, the Union Minister maintained.
Dr Jitendra Singh also divulged that in the past one month, three projects of national stature were sanctioned for Kathua which includes Shahpur Kandi project, Ujh Multi-purpose project and a Seed Processing Unit besides National Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants at Bhadarwah in Doda district. These projects after completion will not only generate employment but also improve the socio-economic profile of the region, he affirmed.

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