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The agriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir is confronting critical challenges, with fragmented land holdings and low mechanization levels amplifying its vulnerability. Official documents reveal a landscape marred by underdeveloped value chains, uncertain markets, and detrimental land use practices. Dwindling natural resources, especially arable land, further compound the sector’s woes.
According to the official document obtained by Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the diversion of arable land for non-agricultural purposes, escalating biotic and abiotic stresses, and the impacts of climate change are key contributors to the sector’s vulnerability.
Addressing these challenges, the government has outlined strategic interventions across multiple phases. The focus is on bolstering the seed system with high-quality genetic material in crops, horticulture, sericulture, livestock, poultry, and fish. Moreover, plans are in place to develop agri-value chains, enhance post-harvest management, improve agri-logistics, and build a robust market infrastructure.
An official from the agriculture department emphasized the government’s commitment to securing livelihoods. This involves boosting jobs and incomes through sustainable intensification, diversification, integrated farming, and livelihood systems. The aim is to transition the agricultural sector from subsistence to a commercial economy, driven by the triple principles of economic progress.
The challenges faced by the agriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir demand a comprehensive and strategic approach. The government’s initiatives signal a commitment to transforming traditional farming into a modern, sustainable, and economically viable agri-enterprise. As the sector navigates weaknesses, there is potential for productive jobs and secure incomes for farmers, marking a positive shift towards a resilient and thriving agricultural landscape.