Agriculture operations to continue in controlled manner in J&K: Admin

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday directed for continuation of agriculture operations in a controller manner besides allowing bi-annual movement of nomadic tribes in “small groups at a slow pace”.

However, the administration directed the deputy commissioners and district police heads for strict implementation of restrictions in all the 77 COVID-19 ‘Red Zones’ across the Union Territory.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam passed the directions at a high-level meeting which was convened here to discuss the strategy to be adopted for containment of COVID-19 keeping in view the recent spurt in positive cases, an official spokesperson said.

A total of 224 perople 180 in Kashmir and 44 in Jammu — had tested positive for coronavirus till Saturday evening. Of them, four had died including three in the valley and one in Jammu.

To ensure that the rural economy is not affected, Subrahmanyam directed the DCs and SSPs to coordinate with Secretary Agriculture for smooth continuation of agricultural and allied operations by the farmers in their districts.