Govt to incentivize the industry, slap PSA on superiors pesticides dealers
srinagar: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday launched High Density Apple Plantation Scheme here, asking growers to carry horticulture activity on scientific lines.
She even directed slapping of Public Safety Act on dealers found conclusively involved in adulteration or selling of spurious pesticides and fungicides.
She said that the government is taking a slew of measures to further incentivize this industry and address growers’ concerns.
Chief Minister said with a huge market demand and massive scope for potential realization, Horticulture industry has the capacity to change the fortunes of not only the farming community but the entire State.
She complimented the growers on the launch of the scheme and hoped that they would positively reciprocate the government’s efforts to rejuvenate this sector on scientific lines.
In a significant announcement, Mehbooba Mufti directed slapping of Public Safety Act against the dealers found conclusively involved in adulteration or selling of spurious pesticides and fungicides in the State. She assured the growers that her Government has flagged their concerns on priority and steps are being taken to address them properly.
She said with the adoption of these high density plants the economic returns of farmers are sure to shoot up. She said under the scheme 50% subsidy would be provided by the Government to the farmers and mega mandies and CA stores would be set up in the State, at Jablipora in Anantnag and Aglar in Pulwama in first stage, besides establishment of e-markets for the online sale of the produce.
Additionally, she said, the Khadi & Village Industries Board has launched a scheme under which 40 % subsidy would be provided for setting up of cardboard fruit box manufacturing units. The Chief Minister said already the Government has launched a Market Intervention Scheme to stabilize the rates of apple produce and benefit growers. She said a network of mandies is being laid to maximize direct interface between growers and buyers.
The Chief Minister asked the J&K Bank authorities to slash further the interest rates on the credit to be given to farmers under the scheme. She also asked the bank for maximizing the outreach of the scheme by the network of its branches and also use its Khidmat Centres for popularizing the scheme among the farmers.
The Chief Minister directed the Horticulture Department to pace up the setting up of fruit mandies and CA stores as envisioned in the scheme. She announced that the current year would be observed as the year of Apple to position the fruit industry in the mainstream of the State’s economic discourse.
She also suggested publicizing the scheme more and more among the grower community to address their concerns and persuade them accordingly.
Minister for Education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari in his address impressed upon the growers to come forward and take full benefits of the scheme.
Vice Chairman, Horticulture Board, Nizamudin Bhat in his speech stressed on greater synergy between Horticulture Department and the farming community. He sought holding of camps for farmers and students of demonstration plots which have become models and success stories in themselves.
Earlier, Secretary, Horticulture Department, M H Malik gave out the broad outline of the scheme. He said the High Density plants have a yield of 50-70 metric tonnes per hectare against 10-12 tonnes in case of conventional plants. He said the Chief Horticulture Officers and heads of respective branches of JK Bank have been designates as the authorities which can be approached regarding the scheme.
Chairman, JK Bank, Parvez Ahmad in his address assured all support in the successful execution of the scheme. He said a dedicated team of officers would be deployed at the headquarters of the Bank to monitor the successful implementation of the scheme.
The scheme was conceived by former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to give a push to the horticulture industry.
MLC, Khursheed Aalam; Vice Chairman, JKTDC, Rafi Ahmad Mir; Vice Chairman, Khadi & Village Industries Board, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, SJM Gillani; Directors of Agriculture & Horticulture besides other officers of divisional and district administration were present on the occasion.