Srinagar, Nov 16: For the remaining 4 years, 78,700 hectares
of cultivable land has been transformed to non-agricultural functions in Kashmir.
Because of speedy urbanization, Kashmir is speedy dropping its
agricultural land to non-agricultural functions.
Agriculture Division information accessed through The Kashmir Track
expose that the valley had 4, 67,700-hectares of agriculture land in 2015 which
has gotten smaller to three, 89,000 hectares in 2018.
This means Kashmir has misplaced 78,700 hectares of
agricultural land to non-agricultural objective since 2015.
Knowledge displays that the land beneath paddy cultivation in Kashmir
area shrank from 1, 48,000 hectares in 2015 to at least one, 40,000 in 2018.
In a similar way, maize cultivation shrank from 100,000 hectares to
76,000 hectares over those years.
Accordingly, cultivation of pulses has declined from 14,600
hectares to 12,767 hectares. Oilseed cultivation additionally plummeted from 86,000
hectares to 81,000.
Huge scale conversion of agricultural land into
horticulture, unplanned building together with residential colonies, factories,
brick kilns, buying groceries complexes and different industrial infrastructure have come
throughout as high causes for the wear and tear of agricultural land, officers
Atmosphere attorney, Nadim Qadri stated there are a number of regulations
that restrict unlawful conversion of agricultural land into non-agricultural
functions, however the implementation is “deficient”.
“For example, Phase 133-A of the J&Okay Land Income Act
says: ‘No land rising Shali plants, greens or saffron Lullis can also be put to
any use instead of the needs discussed above, with out acquiring prior
permission of the income minister or an officer duly approved through him on this
behalf is needed for conversion of agriculture land’,” he stated.
In a similar way, Qadir stated, Phase 13 of the J&Okay Agrarian
Reforms Act, 1976 additionally prevents the conversion of agriculture land. A top
courtroom judgment of 2013 additionally banned the conversion of agricultural land for
non-agricultural functions, he added
A senior reputable on the Agricultural Division stated the
agricultural land is shrinking speedy.
“Individuals are additionally changing agricultural land into
horticulture as it offers them just right financial returns. To make issues
worse, executive turns out desirous about selling horticulture sector most effective. Alternatively,
there is not any sturdy agricultural coverage which will assist save the rural
land,” he stated
Director of Agriculture, Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi stated:
“The agriculture sector in Kashmir has large export doable since the valley
has seasonal merit over Jammu area and portions of the rustic. Additional, it
will lower dependency to some degree.”
Andrabi famous that the speedy land conversion has to prevent
else it is going to turn out catastrophic to the lifestyles of the folks within the valley.
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