SRINAGAR: Minister of State for Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture and Horticulture Nazir Ahmad Gurezi called for need of a separate Enforcement Wing for Horticulture department so that the quality of pesticides used is properly monitored.
He asked the Director Horticulture Kashmir to submit a proposal to the Government in this regard for accord of necessary sanction.
Adding that there is a need to conduct more and more awareness camps in order to spread awareness among the farmers regarding the newer and latest horticulture techniques and about the policies and programmes of the Government so as to provide them maximum benefit.
The Minister was speaking at a Daylong Seminar on “Management of Apple Scab and other Physiological Disorders”, organized by the Directorate of Horticulture, Kashmir here.
The Minister said that there should be emphasis on introduction of latest technology and techniques in agriculture and allied sectors to enhance production. He further said that increase in production will not only help the economy of the State but will also improve the socio-economic conditions of the farming community. Horticulture is a key source to ensure prosperity of the State in general and farmers in particular, the Minister added.
He also asked the concerned to spread awareness among horticulturists through wider publicity campaign about use of quality and appropriate pesticides through print and electronic media including FM Radio.
The Minister also underscored the need for up gradation of Laboratory at Lal Mandi.
The Minister asked the Horticulture department and SKAUST to work in unison for better results in the sector. He emphasised on field visits by the officers concerned and feedback about the problems faced by the orchardists with regard to the uses of pesticides and techniques, so that these are appropriately addressed.
The Minister said that the horticulture is among the priorities of Government and urged for evincing keen interest in this sector. He appealed the orchardists to follow the expert guidance of the horticulture department and use standard pesticides.
Reviewing the position of staff strength of horticulture department, the Minister directed the concerned to conduct the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings and to fill the promotion quota under each category and cadre.
Director, Horticulture Kashmir, representatives from SKAUST, Chief Horticulture Officers from Kashmir Valley and others participated in the seminar.