SRINAGAR: An awareness camp organized by Department of Horticulture, Kashmir was held on Tuesday at Institute of Hotel Management Rajbagh which was participated by fruit dealers and a large number of farmers. During the camp the participants were acquainted with ways for the development of horticulture sector of the valley.
Director Horticulture Kashmir P. K. Sharma, Director Agriculture Kashmir Showkat Beig, Director HPMC Qazi Aijaz and experts from SKUAST and departments of Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the awareness-cum conference workshop.
The theme of the conference was ‘Import of Fresh & Dry Fruits─ its impact on Horticulture in J&K’. During the conference speakers termed the horticulture sector as back bone of the economy of the state. The speakers said about 30-35 lakh people are directly or indirectly allied with this trade. During the conference it was said that walnut cultivation is spread on about 63 thousand hectares which amounts to total production of Rs. 800 crores.
During the workshop it was given out that the various measures are being taken by the state government to enhance the production besides improving the marketing of dry fruits for which fruit farmers are being given different subsidies and benefits as well. It was stressed that for increased production latest technology should be adopted besides awareness camps should be organized for the benefit of the people associated with the sector.
On the occasion, the participant farmers said the horticulture sector has tremendous potential to address unemployment issues to a large extent and asked for improved facilities like classification of fruits, packaging, cold storage facility.