JK govt initiates process for dry fruit, saffron terminal market

SRINAGAR: The state government Thursday initiated the process for development of the proposed terminal market for dry fruits and saffron at saffron-hub Pampore of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The Minister for Horticulture Abdul Rehman Veeri visited the horticulture nursery near Gallander, Pampore, to explore the possibility of establishing the proposed terminal market for dry fruits and saffron there.
He sought opinion of the horticulture experts regarding utilisation of 30 kanals of land of the existing nursery for development of the proposed market.
Veeri instructed the concerned officers to identify a location along the highway that can be feasible for the market. He asked the officers to approach the revenue authorities for identification and to subsequently acquire the land, which would later be transferred to the HP&M department for early development of the market.
“The government is keen to develop a modern terminal market for better marketing of dry fruit and saffron produce. The terminal market will have shopping sites, retail shops, administrative block, wayside amenities, cafeteria, guesthouse and weighbridge, besides other amenities,” he said.
Walnuts and almonds are the major dry fruits produced in the state, grown especially in hilly and backward areas where economic condition of the people is “extremely fragile”, he said.
“The latest techniques of walnut budding and grafting are being introduced to reduce development period of this crop,” he said.
“The government’s endeavor is to upgrade the marketing of fruit produce in the state. More fruit markets and satellite markets would be constructed in potential areas. About Rs 17 crore are being utilised for development of fruit and vegetable markets in the state during the current financial year,” he said.