Chief Consultant interacts with orchardists

SRINAGAR: Chief Consultant from India’s Ministry of Agriculture Dr Om Parkash Sunday visited various districts of Jammu region to interact with the orchardists.
An official handout issued here said that he visited and held interactive sessions with the “progressive orchardists” in Jammu, Samba, Rajouri, and Udhampur districts. The sessions, in which the stakeholders from Horticulture department also participated, were held to sensitize the growers about the Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices, which are an integral part of increasing production in fruits and vegetables, it said.
“The visiting Consultant had threadbare interactions with the participants wherein INM and IPM technologies were discussed, so that these are applied in farmers’ fields,” the handout said.
“The thrust area was adoption of low technologies like equipping the orchards with traps and stickers, and intercropping of those crops which facilitate farmer friendly bio agents to increase agro-eco system analysis,” it added
Director Horticulture Jammu A.K. Sharma also accompanied the consultants in these districts, it said, adding that he advised the field functionaries “to get adapted to these technologies in the orchards so that the farmers are benefitted by way of making soil enrichment and also increase in the production of horticultural crops by reducing the indiscriminate use of chemicals.”
The expert also visited some departmental nurseries at Vijaypur, Chimna Chack, Maralia, Garhi, Rajouri, Siot, and Badola (Udhampur), giving “some very useful inputs to the departmental managers to increase the production capacity of these nurseries,” the handout said. It said an amount of Rs 1200 per hectare has been marked as incentive for the farmers during current fiscal year for INM/IPM practices under MIDH.