Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday dedicated a seed processing plant installed here, the first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, to the public on Saturday and said it would help double farmers’ incomes. Singh, the minister of state for personnel, said the plant will serve not only the district of Kathua, but also the entire Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and the two adjacent states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. Farmers will now have top-quality seeds available at their doorstep, according to a statement issued by the Union’s Ministry of Personnel.
Singh said the unit will not only enrich the quality of the crops sown, but also allow farmers to source higher quality seeds at a lower cost, which in turn will increase their profit margin. It’s a historic day today as Jammu and Kashmir, via Kathua District, joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission to double farmers’ incomes in India, Singh said after inaugurating the factory which has a production capacity of 16 lakh seeds and a processing capacity of 24 lakh seeds.
It is a unique factory of its kind to have emerged in the whole region, according to the press release from the Ministry of Personnel. Hailing Prime Minister Modi, Singh said that programs launched in the past seven years like Kisan Bima Yojana, Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi, Soil Health Care, etc. have succeeded in uplifting farmers in a way that no other government has done in 70 years.
Over the past six or seven years, with less than a year of COVID-related constraints, the entire Lok Sabha constituency of Udhampur-Kathua-Doda has benefited one after another from national projects of distinction, and Kathua in particular, has become the capital of some of the most prestigious national projects in Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said.
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