STATE TIMES NEWSSamba: As an effort to meet the increasing demand of certified seeds by the farmers of Jammu Division, a New Seed Processing Plant of 4 Tones per Hour (TPH) Capacity was inaugurated on Tuesday by Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production & farmers Welfare Department, J&K U T, Navin Kumar Choudhary at SIDCO Industrial Complex Samba, here today. This unit is first of its own kind in Private Sector in J&K.Principal Secretary on the occasion anticipated that with the opening of this Seed Processing Unit will motivate the farmers to shift from traditional crop production to seed production business that will certainly facilitate the processes of doubling the farmer’s income. He emphasized to promote the registered seed growers in the nearby area so that actual benefit of this unit is extended to the farming community. Principal Secretary further stressed for setting up of few more such seed processing units for benefit of the farmers.This seed processing unit at Samba will open up a new era for the farmers of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts in the field of certified seed production on cluster basis. It was given out that more than 200 seed growers will be benefitted by this initiative and an estimated 25000 quintals of certified seed production is expected. The said seed processing plant will cater to 20% of quality seed requirement of the area through private sector.It was also apprised on the occasion that New Seed Processing Plant is equipped with pre dryer, cleaner system, seed graders and performs multifunction including automating grading, treatment, weighing, packing and tagging of the seed. Seeds of major crops like wheat, paddy, maize, pulses, oil seeds, vegetables and other minor seed shall be processed here.Those Present on the occasion include District Development Commissioner, Samba, Anuradha Gupta, Director Agriculture Jammu, K. K. Sharma, Director Horticulture, Ram Savak, Director Animal Husbandry, Vivek Sharma, Director CAD, Rajinder Singh Tara, Joint Director (Mushroom & Apiculture Development), Iqbal Singh and CAO Samba, Sanjay Verma besides other.
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