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Anantnag: District Anantnag has produced 5500 quintals of Mushkibudji rice in 2018 and generated revenue worth about Rs 74 crore from it.

According to an official statement, the information was provided by the chief agriculture officer Anantnag during a daylong ‘kissan mela’ and exhibition organised by the agriculture department in the district. The mela was inaugurated by member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Nazir Ahmad Laway in presence of deputy commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik and director agriculture, Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi.

Mushkibudji is the heritage rice variety of Kashmir which has seen revival in its cultivation from last few years in district Anantnag.

The CAO also said that honey production in the district has touched 1080 quintals with a revenue generation of Rs 3.25 crore this year.

He also said 1.25 lakh soil health cards have been issued among the farmers and soil samples of 1900 beneficiaries have been registered on soil health portal.

“Farm machinery of Rs 1.57 crore has been provided which include tractor, power tiller, power weeder, poly green house, I.P Set, water harvesting structure, tube well/ bore well, four wheelers, poly film, brush cutter, mini power sprayer, pack house, manual sprayer, check dam and motorized vending cart,” he added.

In his address, Laway said the department should organise more Kissan Melas in other parts of the district so that farmers can be given information about the latest scientific techniques being implemented for their upliftment. He also announced to cover the cost of the beehives from MP fund for all beneficiaries who have been listed by the agriculture department.

Laway also appealed the farmers to come forward for the establishment of vermi-compost manure units so that large-scale use of chemical fertilizers can be stopped.

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