Director Animal Husbandry Jammu,Vivek Sharma, today flagged off inter-state tour of progressive farmers’ from the Directorate of Animal Husbandry Talab Tiloo Jammu. The said programme has been organized by the Extension & Publicity wing of the Department under a Centrally Sponsored Scheme Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA).On the occasion, the Director revealed that the prime objective of organizing such tours is empowering farmers and improving their participation in technology dissemination process.The farmers during the tour programme shall be visiting some modern & automated dairy & Poultry farms of neighboring states and thereby acquaint themselves with the latest kind of machinery & allied equipments involved for rearing of livestock & Poultry. Such a step will surely help them in building knowledge and skill and at a later stage would shoulder the responsibility of providing extension support to other farmers in their respective village or neighboring villages. She also told farmers to develop a close contact with the department regarding taking of benefit from various farmer welfare schemes and technical guidance as well so that the aim of doubling of farmers’ income by 2022 is accomplished.Besides Dr. D.D. Dogra (DDP) & Dr. Javid Katoch (DDAH), other senior officers’ of the department were also present during the said programme.