Min promises relief to weather-hit farmers

SRINAGAR: Minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri Wednesday promised relief to flood and hailstorm-affected fruit growers of Kashmir.
An official handout issued here said the Minister, accompanied by political leaders and officers, visited several areas of the south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
He, it said, assured the farmers that government will “take all possible measures to compensate the affected people”.
Veeri instructed the Horticulture Department authorities to ensure timely supply of quality pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers to the orchardists and vegetable growers, it said.
It said the Minister, while interacting with the fruit growers and farmers, stated “innovative measures” are being taken to diversify fruit production.
“Fresh marketing strategy is being put in place to give boost to the horticulture sector in the state,” he said. Stating, as per the release, that every official of the department would be made accountable, the Minister directed the concerned authorities to ensure that field functionaries of the department reach the farmers to create awareness about latest techniques of fruit cultivation and disease control.
The Minister also visited the hailstorm-hit areas of district Baramulla in north Kashmir, to take stock of the losses caused to orchards due to recent hailstorm and rains.