Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Government has embarked on an ambitious exercise of delineating the exact land area under horticulture production in the State to create a reliable data bank and plan for the development of this key economic sector accordingly. The last such census according to official records was conducted in 1980-81.
To create a reliable data bank regarding the exact land area under horticulture, the Government has, on the initiative of Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari, constituted separate official panels at divisional and zonal levels, with the mandate of revisiting the physical composition of existing horticulture zones and to carry out extensive fruit tree census across the State.
According to the orders issued by the Government in this regard, the Divisional Level Committees to revisit the physical composition of the existing horticulture zones in the State shall be headed by the respective Directors of Horticulture in Jammu/Kashmir Divisions with Chief Horticulture Officers and the District Horticulture Officers of the concerned districts as members. The committees can co-opt any other officer/expert as the co-opted member.
The terms of reference of these Committees include, besides revisiting the physical composition of the existing horticulture zones with respect to the area under horticulture, contiguity and operational convenience as well. The Committees shall furnish their recommendations to the Government within 15 days.
Similarly, as per another order, Zone Level committees to carry out the fruit tree census in the concerned zones shall be headed by Horticulture Development Officer of the concerned zone. The Horticulture Technician of the concerned Zone shall be the member of the Committee. The Committee can co-opt any other official/expert as co-opted member.