World Food Day Observed
Awareness Camps were held by the Agriculture Department at Panchayat headquarters where experts gave technical advice on different crops and Agriculture practices to the farming community. Awareness about the incentives available under various schemes for the benefits of farming community was also imparted.
Awareness camps were organised at Leh and Kargil also. In Anantnag 297, Baramulla 300, Bandipora 114, Budgam 50, Ganderbal 103, Shopain 15,
In these camps large number of farmers including Panches and Sarpanchs participated and interacted with experts of Agriculture Department on various issues related to Agriculture. Experts and Officers of the Department shed light on the progress and increase of Agriculture production in terms of new methodology and techniques. Farmers appreciated the efforts of the department in the upliftment of farming community. They also presented their demands and requirements.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Dr Farooq Lone also participated in some of the awareness camps held at Khimber Srinagar, Nunar and Wussan Ganderbal. While speaking on these occasions, he said adoption of innovative scientific techniques is also resulting in higher returns to the farmers there by raising their socio economic status. He said that the department has already launched various Agricultural Schemes to benefit the farming community and called upon them to come forward to avail the benefits of these farm friendly Schemes.
Meanwhile ADC Kulgam G.A. Shabnum, who is also adjudicating authority under Food Safety standards Act 2006, has fined Rs.1.11 lacs on ten manufacturers, stockiest and retailers of district Kulgam found involved in manufacture and sale of sub standard food items today on world food day.
The erring manufacturers, stockists and retailers were booked under Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 by Food Safety and Standards officer Kulgam during market checking across the district and were summoned in the court of the Addl. Deputy Commissioner Kulgam on Tuesday for being heard and to defend themselves. The booked manufacturers, stockiest and retailers failed to vindicate themselves and counter the charges leveled against them. The also declined to have the seized samples cross examined at their level to prove or disprove the analysis revealed during the examination of the samples seized and sent to testing laboratory by the Food Safety Officer of District Kulgam. While adjudicating upon the cases and estimating the quantum of crime committed by the accused, the ADC Kulgam as Adjudicating Authority under the Act fined Rs.1.11 lacs on them which was realized and deposited in the Government treasury.
He also warned the accused to be careful in future and desist from manufacturing of sub-standard food items and also from stocking & selling of sub-standard and misbranded edibles. He asked the officers of Food Safety & Standards to intensify their vigil against manufacturers, traders and retailers who are involved in such malpractices. He also suggested for proper awareness among manufacturers, traders and the consumers of the district about the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and for its strict implementation to ensure availability of standard and safe food items in the district. He also appealed the consumers of the district to extend their full support for identifying and booking such manufacturers, traders and retailers who resort to manufacture and sale of sub-standard, misbranded and unsafe food items.
Meanwhile a joint squad of CA&PD, Drug & Food Controller Origination and Labour department lead by Addl. Deputy Commissioner Kulgam made market checking at Kulgam and recovered a fine Rs.5600/- on spot from 13 hoteliers, medical shops, Shopkeeper and venders for violation of Food Safety and standards Act, consumer protection Act & Labour laws. The squad also seized 8 domestic LPG cylinders used by the hoteliers.
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