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JAMMU: Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Navin Kumar Choudhary, on Tuesday chaired a meeting with representatives of BSE-e Agricultural Market (BeAM) Limited and Policy Advocacy Research Centre (PARC) Mumbai to discuss operationalization of BSE-e Agricultural Market platform for benefit of farmers engaged in agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sector of Jammu and Kashmir.The meeting was attended by Special Secretary Agriculture, Pankaj Magotra; Director Agriculture Jammu, KK Sharma; Director Horticulture Jammu, Ram Sevak; Director Horticulture P&M, Managing Director JK Agro Industries Development while as Director Agriculture Kashmir Choudhary Mohammad Iqbal, Director Horticulture Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, Managing Director J&K HPMC Shafat Sultan participated online.The meeting deliberated upon creating a UT wide vibrant mechanism for enabling direct farmer and buyer interactions and subsequent transactions over a transparent technology enabled electronic platform supported with adequate backward and forward linkages covering agri horti and dairy produce of the UT. Such a market on ‘BeAM is envisaged to lead to “objective quality based trading” and bring in ecosystem partners for credit and market linkages and promote ‘electronic warehouse receipt”(eWR) based trading.Terming agriculture sector as backbone of J&K’s economy, Principal Secretary called upon the officers to work with dedication and honesty so that the farmers are made not only aware but also conversant with how to get benefit of such innovative and technology enabled options for marketing of their saleable agri commodities.
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