Kisan Credit Card mandatory for every farmer in Valley

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A farmer carrying grass on a pushcart in a Pulwama village in southern Kashmir
A farmer carrying grass on a pushcart in a Pulwama village in southern Kashmir. (Photo by Reshi Irshad)

SRINAGAR — Department of Agriculture Kashmir requested farmers/growers of the Valley to get themselves registered under Kisan Credit Card Scheme. The scheme has been made mandatory for every farmer.

Elaborating the facilities being provided through this scheme, Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said that this scheme aims to provide hassle-free credit facilities for raising crops at effective rate of interest @ 4% *(subject to the terms and conditions if repaid within a year of borrowing).

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He added that no guarantee, no mortgage for KCC loan is required upto Rs. 1.60 lacs. He further added that this scheme is designed to extend credit facilities for purchase of quality inputs and its timely subsequent use for maximizing the production and productivity of sown crops for economic empowerment of farmers.

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Director requested all the farmers/growers to contact for enrolment to nearby Chief Agriculture Officer/Zonal Agriculture Officer/Junior Agriculture Extension Officer/Agriculture Extension Assistants or any other field functionary of respective district at an earliest.

Andrabi said that in case of any query, farmers/growers are requested to feel free to contact any officer/official of the Department on mobile numbers: Mr. Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Kashmir on 0194-2310675 / 9419008391 / 7889399102, Mr. Mohd Iqbal Chowdhary, Joint Director Agriculture Kashmir (Extension) on 9419104117, Mr. Amir ud Din Andrabi, Joint Director Agriculture Kashmir (Inputs) on 9906662640, Dr. Syed Waseem Ahmad Shah, Deputy Director Agriculture (Central) Kashmir on 9419309867.

People can also contact Mr. Arvind Kumar Baru, Chief Agriculture Officer, Srinagar on 9419195832, Mr. Mohd Qasim Ganie, Chief Agriculture Officer, Pulwama on 9419458960, Mr. Muzafer Hurra, Chief Agriculture Officer, Kupwara on 9622459771, Mr. Mohd Yousuf Shah, Chief Agriculture Officer, Baramulla on 9419063283, Mr. Gh. Mohd Dhobi, Chief Agriculture Officer, Ganderbal on 9697918511, Mr. Rafiq Ahmad Kukroo, Chief Agriculture Officer, Kulgam on 9419032219.

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Besides, Mr. Farooq Ahmad Dandroo, Chief Agriculture Officer, Bandipora on 9419040056, Mr. Mohd Iqbal Khan, Chief Agriculture Officer, Anantnag on 9419050568, Mr. Mohd Syed Peer, Chief Agriculture Officer, Shopian on 7006950751, Mr. Mohd Shafi Khar, Chief Agriculture Officer, Budgam on 9858839577, Mr. Gh. Hassan Magray, Plant Protection Officer on 9149602396, Mr. Wahid-ur-Rehman, Assistant Entomologist on 7006922982 can also be contacted.

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