Farmers in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur welcomed the two farm sector reform Bills that were passed in the Rajya Sabha. "I am happy about these bills and I thank Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar who introduced the bills. Farmers of Udhampur are happy and now the bills should be implemented firmly," said, a farmer. The Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill amid protest from Opposition parties. As per the bills, farmers can take their produce anywhere - inter-state or intra-state - beyond Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs). The state governments can't levy fee or cess on farmers.
Udhampur reported a spike of 72 COVID-19 cases and one death on Sep 05, taking the tally of total cases to 1962. District Administration has increased the rapid testing capacity over the past few days. Administration has focused on massive testing exercise to break the chain as well as to trace out the new cases. The Udhampur district administrations are conducting over 800 tests from past few days.
Several farmers in Hartyaran Panchayat of Udhampur district are now growing aloe vera instead of traditional crops to save their farms from the ravages of monkeys. The growing monkey menace, which has resulted in serious damage to crops, has forced many in the region to abandon agriculture. In an effort to support the farmers, who are making the switch from traditional crops, the Central Government has set up an aloe vera processing unit in Udhampur district. "Monkeys use to attack our crops causing losses to farmers. Then I thought of growing aloe vera to protect the farm from them. Though the production is satisfactory, the only issue we were facing was of marketing. I have been informed that the government has set up a processing unit for us and now I am hopeful that we will get better profits for our produce." said Keekar Singh, while speaking to ANI. Monkeys do not attack crops such as aloe vera, which has medicinal properties. Besides, it also fetches better returns due to the surging demand for herbs in the domestic market for manufacturing personal care products. "We came to know that because of monkeys in the area people were not able to grow any horticulture crops and some of them even left farming. This processing unit will be set up on a large scale and would help the growers in earning more money. Their income will also increase and the target of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of doubling the farmers' income by 2022 would also be achieved," said Kamaljeet Singh Sodhi, Manager and Chemist, Horticulture Department, Udhampur.
National Cadet Corps (NCC) members expressed happiness as the Combined Annual Training Camp commenced in NCC camping ground Nagrota in Jammu. The training camps started following all SOPs of COVID-19. Around 165 cadets are participating in the ten day camp. Cadets are being trained in handling weapons, obstacle, physical exercise, drill, map reading and other trainings.
Considering the COVID situation, Moradabad Railway Station allowed vendors to sell packed food. Railway administration directed vendors to strictly follow guidelines. Passengers travelling on long routes hailed the move.
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