Balakote, May 28
As part of its joint initiative with civil administration to develop border villages located ahead of border fence, Army organised an agriculture awareness camp for farmers in Balakote sector. Horticulture and agriculture are primary source of livelihood for people in this area and adoption of better techniques by farmers is likely to increase the per capita income. Earlier four poly houses and one vermi compost unit was provided to villagers in Behrooti village through horticulture department. In order to further assist the locals, ten farmers have now been chosen for allotment of demonstration farms by agriculture department. As part of this programme, farmers were given free certified maize seeds and fertilisers for sowing in eight Kanal each. Speaking on the occasion, Army is committed to facilitate them in adopting latest techniques in conjunction with concerned departments. Mr. Jamwal, Chief Agriculture Officer of Poonch District informed the people that all out efforts are being made by the department to provide best quality seeds on subsidised rates to farmers along with technical know- how about crops and sowing pattern aiming at better yields.
It is pertinent to mention that as part of joint initiatives by Army and Civil Administration, foundation stone of one check dam was laid at Dharati village on 27 December, which is now on verge of completion and provide water for irrigation purpose. The farmers were also made aware about the latest agricultural practices and incentives in terms of subsidies by the government.