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Srinagar: Taking a serious note on present land conversion scenario in the Valley, Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Wednesday stressed upon the officers to tighten noose against the defaulters who by any means illegally convert the agriculture land for non-agriculture purposes by taking on board the enforcement agencies.
Giving a wake-up call to all the officers and farming community and Andrabi stressed on preserving land resources for sustenance.
He said the conversion of agriculture land for commercial purposes is increasing at an alarming rate throughout the Kashmir valley and that if necessary steps were not taken to contain the menace it would have devastating impact on generations to come, an official handout read.
“Unplanned constructions like raising of colonies, factories, brick kilns, shopping complexes and other commercial establishments is severely effecting agriculture sector of the state”, he said, adding that a threat is loaming large as Kashmir valley shall be without staple food in future if the practice continued.
Andrabi highlighted the role of agriculture department as an important stakeholder and directed the chief agriculture officers, officers of the law enforcement agency and other senior officers of the department to play their role to check the conversion of agriculture land.
He called upon the officers to ensure necessary steps to increase awareness among the farmers regarding the long-term impact of farmland conversion. He advised that for increasing production and productivity, “need of the hour is to achieve high efficiency levels in the preservation, utilisation of land and water resources, altogether prohibiting conversion of productive agriculture lands for non-agriculture purposes, and taking time bound measures to check conversion of agriculture land and degradation of water resources”, read the handout.