JAMMU: The state government on Monday informed the lower house that the dwarf stock imported for the establishment of high density walnut orchards, carried ‘Black line viral disease’ and the stocks were destroyed in presence of scientists from Sheri Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKAUST) Kashmir, and experts from the Horticulture department.
Replying to a question raised by NC legislator Altaf Wani from Pahalgham, the government informed that “there is no proposal under government’s consideration to establish ultra-high density walnut orchards in the valley because the compatible dwarf root stock is not available”.
Giving further details the government said that the Horticulture department, SKAUST Kashmir and CITH has taken initiative to ‘propagate grafted walnut fruit plants which can reduce gestation period and the plants so produced after grafting procedures are precocious’.
Replying to another question regarding salient features of ‘High Density Apple Project’, the government said that for securing the future of horticulture, the department is trying to raise the production from 10 – 12MTs per hectare yield to of 40 – 70 MTs per hectare yield which will in turn raise farmer income to Rs 1 lakh per Kanal.
The government also revealed that the Horticulture department has come up with a sharing pattern of 50:50 contribution under which 50 percent incentives on plant material, micro irrigation, Trellis system, PP machinery and other components like pit digging, fencing , cost of vermi-compost, land development and pesticides and maintenance would be borne by the department.