Srinagar: At least 3,200 hectares of land have been covered under the Saffron Mission in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, government said Saturday.
Speaking at the daylong Transfer of Technology (Farmers’ Day) held at EDI Pampore, Director Agriculture Kashmir said, of the area, “1,449 hectares have been rejuvenated till date and another 128 hectares (will) be rejuvenated in the current year, for which an amount of Rs 646.92 lakh has been disbursed.”
He later distributed Rs 8, 26,406 among the growers who have rejuvenated their fields according to the guidelines.
On this occasion, the experts asked the farmers to adopt the “technology to the optimum level” to increase the quality and quantity of saffron.
Explaining benefits of various suggested means, they informed the farmers that proper corn size, weed management, IPM and INM measures, and proper irrigation can increase the production of saffron.
Joint Director Agriculture Extension stressed upon the growers to cover their crops under insurance, “for which 1,000 hectares have been earmarked in the first instance in Pulwama district.”
Joint Director Agriculture Engineering hailed the efforts of the department and stressed on the need for the farmers to do proper weed management.
The saffron growers’ representatives highlighted the problems faced by the growers in settlement of Khasra Numbers and commissioning of irrigation facilities under Saffron Mission.
Director Agriculture and Additional District Development Commissioner Pulwama assured that the farmers’ problems will be looked into.