The total agriculture area (net sown area) was estimated to be 7.316 lakhs hectares (=58.528 lakh Kannals) while as the gross agriculture area (sown both during Kharif and Rabi) during 2010-11was estimated to be 11.398 lakhs hectares. The information was revealed by the government in state legislative assembly on Saturday.
When on one side the agricultural land is getting reduced in the valley, on the other hand government admits that there are 377 registered brick kilns that have been built on Agriculture land in the state.
As per the details provided by the government, with regards to the permission, the same is being dealt by deputy commissioners of each districts in terms of SRO dated 23-03-2011 followed by SRO 152 dated 18-05-2011 containing procedure for granting licenses for operating or establishing Brick kiln.
While giving further details regarding the district wise agricultural land present, the information reveals that Kupwara district possess highest area of land for the cultivation of single crops at 34.45 (000Ha) followed by Baramulla at 33.10, Budgam with 27.47, Doda with 21.626, Islamabad with 27.47, Kulgam with 17.60, and other district were marked with having below 11 (000 Ha) areas of land.
For the double crop, the highest agricultural land was reported in Jammu district at 84.237 (000 Ha) areas of land followed by Kathua with 61.230, Rajouri with 44.921, Udhampur with 36.032, Samba with 28.668, Pulwama with 27.09, Islamabad with 25.43, Budgam with 22.39 and rest of the districts with below 18.857 (000Ha) areas of land.
The information was provided by the government in state legislative assembly on a question asked by Jehangir Hussain Mir.