Rising Kashmir NewsSRINAGAR, NOV 10:
Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi chaired a review meeting on establishment of Sprinkle System under National Saffron Mission (NSM) at Agriculture Complex Lalmandi on Friday, the status of irrigation system as on day was discussed threadbare.
Director was informed that out of targeted 124 bore wells, 108 have been dug out and handed over to Mechanical Engineering Department (MED) and MED has harnessed 82 wells, whereas installation of sprinkle system stands completed at 12 sites and other 52 sites under progress. Meanwhile 10 sites are operational whereas two sites need repairs.
Director Agriculture asked Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Budgam, and to identify sites along the periphery of Chewweader, Nowgam so that the areas is brought under irrigation. However, CAO informed the chair that certain areas in Khrew, Wuyan have very deep-water table and need digging beyond recommended norms. The chair directed the concerned wing to consider the matter and ensure irrigation in such areas.
CAO’s informed the chair that crop cut experiments for saffron is under progress. “The flower picking is on and the results will be submitted to the higher quarters within weeks’ time,” they assured.
Concerned engineering wing committed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi that by the end of this year 50 borewell units will be connected with sprinkle irrigation system.
The chair was appraised about four wells, were work is stalled or well is blocked due to various disputes. Well 23 at Zewan is blocked by locals to stop artisan flow requires approval for fleshing and redevelopment. Well 32 and 37 where two land owners are involved and similarly well number 99 in Budgam is non-functional as the approach road to well is blocked due to disputes among land owners.
The chair also instructed the concerned CAO’s to start the process of reimbursement to farmers at Rs. 5,000 in the areas that have been declared dry area by the concerned engineering wing.
The meeting was attended by senior officers and engineers concerned with the sprinkle irrigation system.