Srinagar: To give boost to the agriculture
sector and provide succour to marginal farmers, Jammu and
Kashmir Unit of CPI(M) today sought revival of subsidy on
"Since the state is primarily an agrarian economy, the
government is duty bound to facilitate the farmers and
orchardists in every possible way to boost the economy and
protect the interests of the majority of the people associated
with it both directly and indirectly," State Secretary of
CPI(M) and MLA M Y Tarigami said in a statement here.
He said the cost of DAP fertilisers has shot up to Rs
1800 per quintal from Rs 1140 much to the discomfort of the
farming community especially marginal farmers, who derive
sustenance out of their small land holdings.
Subsidising this vital agriculture input has become
pressing need of the time to save the low income agriculture
class from deprivation and despair, Tarigami said.
Tarigami also asked the government to rope in agriculture
universities for studying the causes behind fall in apple
production this year so that timely remedial measures are
taken to prevent its recurrence.
He sought strict action against manufacturers of sub
standard pesticides by effective monitoring while making
manure, hybrid seeds and other agriculture inputs readily
available to the farmers in view of sowing season for rabi
crops in the state.