SRINAGAR: The government is going to organise five “mega kissan melas” in Kashmir Valley to prepare the growers for cultivation of high-density fruit plants.
An official handout issued here said a high-level meeting chaired by the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, took the decision of organising the events.
Accordingly, the government would soon organise “five mega kissan melas in Kashmir Valley for extending scientific knowhow to the fruit growers about the cultivation of high-density fruit plants, grading and packaging of fruit, and setting up of vermi compost units…,” it said.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister, as per the handout, said two events each would be organised in south and north Kashmir and one in Srinagar in central Kashmir.
“These mega melas would help the growers know about cultivation of horticulture on modern lines for better produce,” he said.
Besides, he said, the high-density walnut poly-green houses would be setup in each district to increase the production of walnut in the Valley.
Veeri asked the horticulture functionaries to “work with commitment” and “accomplish well in time the targets” set by the government.
“All formalities for importing ultra high-density apple plants and rootstock from Europe and identification of orchard land in all districts for front line demonstration plots should be completed now,” the minister said.
He said, “The functionaries of the department should be proactive, synergise their efforts, carry out frequent farm visits, and submit tour dairies to the administrative department on monthly basis.”
Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari and other senior officers attended the meeting, the handout said.