State to tap horticulture potential in uncovered areas

SRINAGAR: The government will tap the horticulture potential in the uncovered areas of Jammu division to improve economic condition of the people, the Minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri said Saturday.
Addressing awareness camps of the farmers at Maralia, Garhi and Nai Basti in Miran Shaib and Akhnoor areas of Jammu,  the Minister said the mainstay of state’s economy is horticulture and government “is making all out efforts to accelerate its activities to boost this important sector”.
“Jammu division in general, temperate and sub-tropical zones in particular have vast potential for horticulture, which would be taped in a big way,” he said.
The Minister asked the farmers to adopt modern horticulture techniques and avail attractive incentives available under the centrally-sponsored schemes. He also stressed on the need to adopt multi-crop system and switch over to cash crops like Aloe Vera, Amla, Mangoes, Peach, Lichi, Guava, and Plum, which require minimum irrigational facilities.
Veeri directed the officers of horticulture department to launch extended awareness camps in every nook and corner of the state, to educate the farmers about the horticulture schemes and incentives.
He asked the youth to get involved in the horticulture activities and “adopt it as livelihood instead of hankering after the government jobs”.
Inspecting the Fruit Plant Nurseries at Maralia and Garhi, the Minister asked the concerned authorities for their proper maintenance.
The Horticulture Department, he said, will ensure availability of quality plants and equipment at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries and added that all sick nurseries will be rejuvenated.
“The government has initiated long and short term measures for the growth of horticulture in the state. All the vacant posts in the Department would be filled on fast-track basis. The government will also consider reorganiaation of the department to improve its functioning,” he said.
MLA RS Pura Dr Gagan Bhagat, MLA Akhnoor, Rajeev Sharma and MLA Khour Dr Krishan Lal Bhagat were also present on the occasion.