SRINAGAR: Kashmir will this year purchase the foundation seeds of high-yielding and disease-resistant potato variety from New Delhi.
An official handout issued here on Tuesday said the Kashmir’s Agriculture department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Seeds Corporation (NSC) of New Delhi’s Ministry of Agriculture for “production and purchase” of the seeds.
Under the MoU, the NSC will produce 3000 quintals of the foundation seeds of Kufri Jyoti variety of potato at various places in India, subsequently providing the stock to the department for further multiplication in its Potato Seed Multiplication Farms during the Kharief of 2015, it said.
It said the MoU was signed by the Director Agriculture Kashmir Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmad Shah and Dr Pankaj Teeyagi, Regional Manager of NSU.
“As per the MoU, the Corporation will supply the seeds on the prevailing market rates to the department by March 2015, so that the seed is sown in the Higher Altitude Departmental Farms on time,” it said.
The department has six high altitude farms at Kalnag in Anantnag, Yarikhah in Tangmarg, Sedaw in Shopian, Ismarg in Gurez, and at Bosyan and Gulmarg, the statement said.
“The department achieved a record production of 5000 quintals of potato seed from its farms. The seeds are being supplied to the farmers for Kharief 2015,” it added.