Advisor Khan visits Pulwama
Advisor Khan reviews Agriculture ,Horticulture and allied sectors in Pulwama
Visits International Kashmir Saffron Trade Center (Spice Park)Pampore.
Pulwama 16 October 2019: Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan today chaired a meeting to review the progress under Agriculture ,Horticulture and allied sectors here at DC office complex Pulwama.
The meeting was attended by Administrative Secretary Agriculture/ Horticulture Manzoor Ahmad Lone Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Raghav Langar, Director Planning and Marketing G.M Dar ,Director Agriculture Altaf Ajaz Andrabi ,Director Horticulture Ajaz Ahmad Bhat ,Director HPMC Shafat Ahmad, ,Director MD Agro’s Mr. Rakwal , ADC Mohd Altaf Khan and other concerned officers and officials.
On the occasion, Director Agriculture apprised the Advisor about the Initiatives taken for economic revival of J&K Saffron under National Mission on Saffron during 2010-11 at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crores and 3715 hectares of saffron is proposed to be rejuvenated under the mission. It was also informed that 90 %of work on rejuvenation, strength of irrigation system, enhancing product quality, mechanization, providing infrastructure facility, establishment of quality testing and market facilities has been completed.
Director Horticulture apprised the advisor about the expected 18120 MT of apple production from 26327 hectares of land . He also added that around 65 hectares of agricultural land is put under high density production.
Chief Agriculture officer, informed the advisor about the bumper crop in paddy and productivity per hectare has increased and varieties like SR3 and SR5 have also been introduced. He added that the schemes like PM-KISSAN ,Soil Health cards and Kisan Credit Cards have been implemented in full swing . It was intimated that a model organic farming village has been adopted in Bangund Kakapora which produce 1200 MT of vegetables in 400 kanals through 72 cluster members .
Commissioner Secretary , Agriculture enjoined upon the officers to enhance the base of Agriculture activities and have a orientation towards apiculture and sericulture. He also expressed that horticulture planning and marketing department should be roped in for proper marketing and packaging of honey and vegetables.
Advisor to Governor, impressed upon the officers to adopt the latest technology and use high yielding crops in agriculture .He further stressed to aware the farmers community regarding the use of bio pesticides and shifting towards organic culture . He added agriculture activities should be made sustainable and self reliant with an orientation towards adaptation of best and local practices.
Earlier , Advisor to Governor, visited the International Kashmir Saffron Trade Center (Spice Park)Pampore and inspected the various sections and installed machinery at stigma separation unit, Quality evaluation laboratory, packing unit, drying unit and cold storage room. He was also informed about e-marketing, Single Registration and Login for PAN India auction, easier access (via electronic media) for catalogues, My Catalogue and buying tracker facilities.