Leh District Agriculture and Horticulture Initiatives Undergo Comprehensive Review: Enhancing Local Farming and Horticultural Potential

On October 21, the Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC) of Leh, Sonam Nurboo, conducted a comprehensive review of various initiatives aimed at boosting the agricultural and horticultural sectors in the region. The meeting, held in the VC room, focused on assessing the progress, challenges, and future prospects of Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Special Development Packages, and State Sector/District Capex managed by the Agriculture and Horticulture Department in Leh.

During the session, ADDC Sonam Nurboo meticulously examined the implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes and Special Development Packages, which play a pivotal role in providing financial support and technical guidance to local farmers and horticulturists. He actively sought updates from concerned officers regarding the status of ongoing and completed schemes across various villages in the region.

ADDC Leh, Sonam Nurboo, stressed the importance of disseminating comprehensive information about these schemes to the public. He directed responsible officers to ensure that the local population is well-informed, enabling them to maximize the benefits from these initiatives.

The meeting also delved into the Action Plan for 2023 under the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) framework. ADDC Nurboo urged officers to execute these schemes efficiently, emphasizing their role in enhancing agricultural practices and increasing crop yields, thereby bolstering the economic well-being of the local populace.

Promoting Self Help Groups (SHGs) for mushroom cultivation was highlighted as a key initiative to empower local farmers and enhance self-sufficiency in horticulture. Additionally, the agenda included discussions about PKUY organic certification. Officers were directed to conduct awareness training for hoteliers, promoting the benefits of using organic produce. This initiative not only expands the market for organic farmers but also offers healthier and more sustainable options to consumers.

Addressing soil health, Chief Agriculture Officer Thinles Dawa informed the attendees that 80% of soil health cards have been distributed, and soil testing has been conducted in the laboratory. In the realm of horticulture, the ADDC urged officers to explore new areas with untapped horticultural potential and emphasized the need for training programs to educate local stakeholders on development opportunities.

The meeting was attended by key officials including Chief Agriculture Officer, Leh, Thinles Dawa; District Horticulture Officer, Leh, Kunzang Dolma; District Agriculture Officer, Leh, Tashi Dolma; Research Assistant Agriculture, Leh, Mansor Ahmed, and Agriculture Extension Officer, Leh, Ghulam Mohd.

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