Agriculture and Animal Husbandary Department
Department of Agriculture established in 1952. The main objective of the establishment was to develop Community Participation Extension Approach with the sound coordination of Public & Private Sector including NGO (s). With the passage of time and according to the change of food requirements of the community the priorities has developed different new approaches to cope the need of communities. Agriculture department strives to achieve self-sufficiency in food, fiber, sugar, fruits, and other crops. It has the mandate for sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity. Agriculture department is vigorously engaged in uplifting of agriculture through:
- To maintain and narrow down the gap between food production and consumption.
- To exploit the ecological comparative advantages for increasing farm income.
- Development of horticulture sector.
- Productivity enhancement of major field crops (maize, wheat, pulses, millets and forages).
- Substitution of high value crops to increase the farm income.
- Sustainable management of land and water resources.
- Capacity Building for community participation.
- Agricultural research, education and training.
- Development of better varieties and improved production technologies to enhance the agricultural productivity.
- Improvement in shelf life and marketing of fruits and vegetables.
- Dissemination of modern improved production technologies to the farming community through print & electronic media.
- Protection from insect pests and plant diseases.
- Pest warning and quality control of pesticides.
- Soil fertility and water conservation.
- Introduction of high efficiency irrigation methods.
- Agricultural mechanization, reclamation of land, tube wells installations and research in agricultural engineering.
- Agricultural information and publications.
- Agricultural statistics.
Plan and embark AJ&K upon the path to help the people of AJ&K become highly educated, skilled, fully employed, prosperous and happy population by providing efficient services and financial resources to develop the latent economic opportunities utilizing local resources.
"To Facilitation & Capacity Building of the Farming Community to attain Food Security & Prosperity”
- Agricultural Education, Training and Research.
- Experimental and demonstration.
- Improvement of agricultural methods.
- Protection against insects, pests and prevention of plant diseases.
- Soil Fertility and Soil Conservation.
- Mechanization, reclamation of land, use of agricultural machinery, ploughing, tube-wells, installations and research in Agricultural Engineering (Agricultural Machinery and Implements).
- Agricultural Information and publications.
- Agricultural Statistics.
- Arboricultural Operations.
- Government Gardens.
- Development of Agricultural Marketing.
- Agricultural Loans/subsidies.
- Agricultural Supplies.
- Water Course Conveyance.
- Production, multiplication and marketing of certified seeds.
- Development of Cultivable Waste-land.
- Hill Farming Technical Development Programme.
About Animal Husbandry
The Department of Animal Husbandry came into being in 1948 soon after the independence. This department has overall responsibility for livestock and poultry development in the State and is making a significant contribution through checking the mortality rate of livestock, by providing free diagnostic service, prophylactic vaccination against the infectious and contagious diseases in livestock and poultry, introduction of exotic blood in non-descript and indigenous breeds of cattle and educating the farming community in management, disease control, feeding and breeding programme.