While the Jammu and Kashmir authorities is focusing on adoption of recent sensible applied sciences to fulfill the long run challenges of Agriculture and allied sectors to extend the effectivity making farming extra worthwhile thus serving to small and marginal farmers, there’s a lavatory problem that the agriculture sector is head to head with and that’s the shrinking agricultural land. Kashmir Valley, as soon as a promising meals bowl, is dropping its arable agrarian land on an alarming tempo. Despite standing court docket instructions on this regard, conversion of agricultural land into concrete jungles (business and residential complexes) goes on unabated and the Revenue and Civic authorities are solely being silent spectators to all this. Along with the intervention of judiciary, the civil society and media too have been often voicing considerations abit the difficulty however nothing a lot has modified. The constructions on the agricultural land have continued unabated and the involved companies vested with the accountability of saving this treasured asset have hardly been doing something on this regard. It goes with out saying that finishing up constructions on the agricultural lands would merely not be attainable with out energetic complicity and tacit assist of the involved companies. Indeed Kashmir Valley which is already dependant on different states for the availability of meals wouldn’t have misplaced as a lot of land to non-farming ventures if the involved authorities had adopted legislation and ensured its implementation on the bottom. But it didn’t occur. Though turbulent political state of affairs was additionally an element as implementing the rule of legislation was a tough enterprise for over a decade or so, however it is usually a actuality that the harm that has been achieved didn’t occur throughout the turbulent nineties alone. It began earlier than that and is constant even right this moment when authorities claims that it has re-established its writ.
Kashmir has the distinctive distinction of being a spot the place authorities itself initiated this pattern of land conversion when it established housing colonies in arable agrarian lands and pure wetlands and flood basins. Once well-known Doodhganga stretch alongside Baramaloo was flooded by the constructions made by then SMC. When Srinagar Development Authority, that’s alleged to maintain Srinagar, constructs its personal headquarters in erstwhile water our bodies, folks be at liberty to violate each legislation. The disastrous repercussions of that silly coverage confirmed itself in worst kind throughout the floods of September 2014 when the colonies which have come up in these flood-basins remained dangerously inundated for weeks. So when authorities itself is culpable of subverting legal guidelines and norms, for the strange folks it’s a digital go-head to do all the things and something that pleases them, legal guidelines, guidelines and norms however.
Now that the UT administration is focussing on agriculture sector significantly and has been taking steps to modernise it in order that it turns into worthwhile and thus enticing for youthful technology, it significantly wants to make sure that no extra agricultural land is misplaced to non-agrarian utilities. Agriculture and horticulture are the 2 principal sectors that run J&Okay’s financial system. Unfortunately, these sectors had been all the time uncared for and left to conventional approach for farming with none scientific intervention. Lack of contemporary know-how did big harm to those sectors and because of this, folks began drifting away from farming. The youth misplaced curiosity because the sectors weren’t in a position to make sure correct livelihood. Now that the Union Territory authorities has determined to present increase to the sector and introduce trendy applied sciences, hopefully the farming will turn out to be worthwhile and the federal government will achieve guaranteeing that no extra agricultural land is misplaced.