Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh appreciated integrated farming system as these types of models are need of the hour for the state where farmers are facing numerous challenges. The deputy chief minister said this during his visit to Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Jammu to take stock of the Integrated Farming Model for Small and Marginal Farmers towards profitability, sustainability and livelihood security. The model has been developed and validated by SKUAST.
Singh stressed to increase production of agriculture, poultry, meat, eggs and fish in the state thereby making Jammu and Kashmir self sufficient in food production. He encouraged scientists and technocrats to develop remunerative technologies for hilly and plain areas in JK. The minister appreciated the role of university for educating farmers and development of integrated farming system model to increase profitability of farmers and stressed upon the need to work for the poor farmers of the state, keeping in view their economic status and nutritional needs.
Singh felt that farmers should adopt integrated farming system to increase per hectare net income to Rs 3 lakh compared to rice wheat cultivation that fetches a maximum of net profit of Rs 70,000 per hectare under irrigated conditions. Later, he visited the experimental farm established in the premises of SKUAST Jammu and went around each and every sections of the integrated farming system model developed by the institute.
Vice Chancellor of SKUAST Jammu briefed the deputy chief minister about various components of the integrated farming system model. He informed that the model is established in year 2011 and initially designed for 1.5 hectare was later reduced to only 1 hectare as majority of the small farmers fall under this category. This model initially started with a capital of Rs 3.50 lakh for infrastructure development like animal, shed, poultry unit and fish pond, which upon earning the profit added more components. The Integrated Farming System (IFS) model at present comprises of crop unit, horticulture include fruit, vegetable and flower, animal unit, fish cum poultry, vermin compost, recycling of farm waste, mushroom unit, apiary unit, biogas, boundary plantation, etc.