Udhampur has achieved distinction of becoming the only District in JKUT to organize the maiden Krishi Bal Sabhas in the district with the sole motive to make India “Atamanirbhar”.District Udhampur launched a mega initiative by organizing “75 Krishi Bal Sabhas in 75 Panchayats” in connection with “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”- 75th year of Indian Independence.
The major objective of this initiative is to sensitize and involve the children- who are the true and energetic “Ambassadors of change” to revolutionize the system by promoting “Prampragat Krishi”, Natural farming, Organic Farming, Formation of Self Help Groups-(SHGs) Mechanized Farming Practices, Improving the “Cost Benefit Ratio” Rain water harvesting under catch the rain concept “Where it falls and When it falls”, Protective cultivation, Curbing excessive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, weedicides endangering the life on this planet by polluting the soil, water and air.
This initiative of “75 Krishi Bal Sabhas in 75 Panchayats” is the first in J&K UT and might be first in India where the Agriculture Extension Field Experts interacted with the children on specific agenda to make India “Atamnirbhar.”This initiative has been launched by the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare- District Udhampur from Panchayat Neeli Nallah zone Jib. The Program was inaugurated by Chairman District Development Council Lal Chand and presided over by Dr. Sanjay Anand, Chief Agriculture Officer Udhampur.
The participants expressed great pleasure for being a part of such a mega initiative deciding the future of the society with the involvement of young energy.During the interaction in “Krishi Bal Sabha” PRI members and prominent farmers also participated.
“These children are part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” When India is @ 75 Yrs and same children of today’s Krishi Bal Sabhas will feel proud when our India will be @ 100 years, for being prominent citizens at that age bringing laurels to the great nation defeating internal and external challenges i.e food security, water crisis, Soil erosion, Health Hazards, Ecological imbalances” the speakers maintained.
All the dignitaries and participants appreciated Dr. Ashwani Kumar Jojra Area Development Officer Udhampur who conceived this idea.In his address, the DDC Chairman congratulated the Agriculture Department for making tireless efforts to reach and deliver technology at the threshold of farmers.
Dr. Sanjay Anand also explained the Farmer’s welfare schemes of UT and Government of India.Later, an oath of commitment towards the objective was also administered by Dr. Ashwani Jojra to achieve the desired results by involving children, relatives, Public Gatherings, neighbors, farming community and friends.
Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sukhvir Singh District Subject matter specialist who also explained how to achieve the targets. Refreshments were also served to the children and participants in the programme, which culminated with singing of the National Anthem.