Senior CPI (m) leader and former MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Sunday said that the core sectors of our economy agriculture and horticulture have totally been neglected by the government.
Tarigami while addressing day-long Kisan Tehreek conference said that despite the fact that ours is an agricultural state and major chunk of the population is dependent on this sector. The state is vulnerable to natural calamities, the crop insurance scheme was not implemented fully so far that can provide respite to the calamity affected kisans.
“Though the announcement of crop insurance scheme was made by the government, it is unfortunate that the said scheme is not implemented so far here,” he said.
“It is an obligation for the government to come to the support and succor of the farmers and orchardists as they form the backbone of the state’s economy and have always been suffering on account weather vagaries,” he added.
“The biggest challenge facing the growers and kisans is the menace of pests and diseases and in absence of any foolproof mechanism to curb the sub-standard and spurious pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers the problems of Kisans are further aggravated. The callous attitude of authorities has created uncertainty among peasants and orchardists,” said Tarigami in a statement.
The conference adopted several resolutions including a resolution on Agriculture, Horticulture, Irrigation, Cooperative Sector, NREGA, Swatch Bharat Mission. The conference elected district committee comprising of 30 members with Zahoor Ahmad Rather as president and Mohamad Yousuf Lone as Secretary.