Srinagar: Describing agriculture as the mainstay of state`s economy, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday pressed for enhancing irrigation potential to increase farm productivity in the state.
"The government has focused development of agriculture as one of the important concerns in the development policy and enhancement of irrigation facilities is receiving added attention," Omar said after inaugurating the reactivated Lethpora Irrigation scheme in Pulwama district.
Besides promoting use of modern technology and cultivation of improved seed varieties, government is paying due attention to enhance irrigation facilities across the state, he said.
Omar asked the farmers to adopt modern techniques and take advantage of the schemes introduced by the government.
"Farmers should also utilise high yielding seed varieties, give balanced doze of fertilizers and optimal irrigation facilities to help raise per hectare productivity," he said.
The chief minister said agriculture sector has been kept outside the ambit of tax regime to encourage entrepreneurs for investment.
The Lethpora irrigation scheme is expected to support cultivation of saffron, besides of being help for Kharif and Rabi crops in the region.