By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 21 Apr: A meeting of the 52nd Management Executive Council of the Uttarakhand Seed and Organic Production Board was held under the chairmanship of State Agriculture Minister Ganesh Joshi at Kisan Bhawan, here.
Several issues were discussed and the decisions passed in the last 51st meeting of the board were confirmed. The estimated income-expenditure for the year, 2023-24, and the establishment of an Organic Certification Agency by NIC were cleared. Joshi directed all departments concerned, including the Agriculture Department, to take necessary steps to make the Millet Year, 2023, a success. Along with this, he directed transfer of an amount of Rs 25 lakhs to the Agriculture Department for renovation and painting of Kisan Bhawan.
He reminded that the seed is the soul of the farmer, and the board does seed certification work. The minister said that all the employees of the Seed and Organic Production Board will be given health insurance through SGHS. The proposal to purchase land for construction of buildings in Sitarganj, Bazpur and Gadarpur was also discussed and rejected by the board. Minister Joshi said that the state government is making continuous efforts towards benefiting the farmers and doubling their income. He stated that the development work on seeds would be done through Mandi Parishads.
Present on this occasion were Additional Secretary, Finance, Arunendra Singh Chauhan, Director, Agriculture, Gauri Shankar, Director, Seed and Organic Certification, KC Pathak along with representatives of seed producers, marketing companies and consumers.