Video By: Rafiqa Bano | Text By: Sajad Rasool
Muhammad Ahsan becoming an inspiration for all. Ahsan migrated from his ancestral place of South Kashmir and purchased some land in the far-flung village of Sutharan located in Budgam. Ahsan is breathing new life to what was uncultivable land earlier and restored its fertility and has turned green the whole patch of land in the last few years.
The policy towards the farmers needs to be strengthened, the reasons are to be sought as to why people are no more interested in farming.
Ahsan is one of the few farmers adapting to new ways of restoring fertility and growing food and fruits. Agriculture is the predominant sector of Jammu and Kashmir economy, The cultivable area is 1.02 million hectares and the net area is sown is 819417 hectares. Agriculture supports around 80% population.
Sutharan village is located next to huge reserves of Pir Panjal forest range and the timber smuggling has been on raise, with many locals involved in timber smuggling. Due to Ahsan’s initiative, many locals have turned to farm again.
I am not after money, and money cant resolve our farming needs.
Muhammad Ahsan is a retired Police officer who has served in the area of Budgam in the past.
I happened to visit this village many years ago and I always wanted to do something good in the field of agriculture. I am considered to be the innovative farmer now, and my endeavors have been recognized by the Agricultural department as well.