SRINAGAR: The government on Thursday asked horticulture officers to certify and submit a report on the land identified for high-density apple orchards next week.
According to an official handout issued here, the Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri, directed all the chief horticulture officers “to certify land identified by them and submit a report in this regard by the start of next week”.
Veeri gave the directions in a meeting convened here to review progress of the ongoing project for identification of the sites, it said.
Veeri, as per the handout, told the meeting that establishing high-density apple orchards is important for the growth of horticulture industry in the state. He directed the officers to work proactively for the project’s success, stating that the government “is resolute” in its belief to make the project a success. While assuring rewards to those working for successful implementation of the project, he said “stern action” would be taken against “errant officers”.
He asked the Director Horticulture, Kashmir to formulate a “people-friendly scheme” to ensure “people can reap maximum benefits by getting connected with the project”.
The minister asked the officers to make everyone aware about the project.
“Panchayats and other public representatives shall be involved in the project,” he said.
Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production department M A Bukhari, Director Horticulture Kashmir P K Sharma, Vice-Chancellor SKAUST-K Dr Tej Pratap, chief horticulture officers, and district horticulture officers were present in the meeting.