SRINAGAR: The government Tuesday announced formation of core groups of horticulture and its allied departments for fast track monitoring of different ongoing developmental programmes in the state, the government said Tuesday.
“Senior officials of the departments of horticulture, HP &M, SKUAST, agriculture, and apiculture at district level would be its members. The core groups would ensure implementation of new initiatives and programmes taken by the government from time to time to boost horticulture produce in the state,” the government said in an official handout issued here.
It said the decision was taken in a high-level meeting held here under the chairmanship of Minister for Horticulture A R Veeri.
Vice Chancellor SKUAST, Commissioner Secretary for Agriculture Production, Director SKUAST, Director Horticulture Planning & Marketing, Director Extension SKUAST, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Director CITH Deans, and faculty of various departments attended the meeting, it said.
The minister asked the experts from SKUAST and horticulture department to rejuvenate the senile orchards and emphasised for certification of farmers who grow top-grade apples.
He directed experts from SKUAST to interact with the growers so that they could avail benefit of various initiatives taken in research and development.
He also stressed upon the need to import high-density fruit plants from Europe for propagation and directed the concerned authorities to ensure that plants are “quarantined and scientifically tested” in the government nurseries before distributing them among growers.
Stressed on undertaking regular awareness campaigns in all fruit-growing districts, Veeri said SKUAST could play a “significant role” in the propagation of high-quality plant materials.
“The available resources and expertise should be optimally utilised for producing quality fruit plants of various kinds to ensure their timely supply to farmers,” he said.
“The university authorities should lead the way towards innovations and newer techniques as J&K has the potential, capacity and capability to attain self-sufficiency and become net exporter of agriculture, horticulture and livestock products in future.”
The Vice-Chancellors were urged to see that the achievements and success stories of progressive farmers were well publicised and published in vernacular languages.