Aiming to make improvements in the agricultural and horticultural sector, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir will work together. This was stated by Punjab Agriculture Minister Tota Singh after a meeting with Vice-Chairman of Farmers Advisory Board, Jammu and Kashmir, Daljit Singh Chibb. In a meeting held here on Wednesay at the Punjab Civil Secretariat, both leaders shared their views on pro-farmer initiatives undertaken in both states and a befitting strategy to meet the future challenges.
Informing about the purpose of visit, Chibb said that he came to gather more information about the practices prevalent in the agriculture sector in Punjab as it had emerged as the frontrunner state in the agriculture sector in the country. He added that it was due to the contribution of Punjab that the country had ample foodgrain reserves.
Chibb said that in his state farmers failed to get even the minimum support price (MSP)whereas in Punjab they reap profits. He said that due to lack of state procurement of paddy in Jammu in Kashmir the crop was procured on an average at Rs 700 to 800 per quintal. So he desired to emulate Punjab procurement model in Jammu and Kashmir and thereby reassure the full value of crops to farmers.
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