JAMMU: To augment saffron production in the state, government has sought a special package from GoI for development of this prized spice with an outlay of Rs 329.39 Cr, that shall be implemented after the National Saffron Mission ends.
This was disclosed during a meeting held by JK Chief Secretary, B R Sharma and GoI commerce Secretary of Ministry of Commerce and Industry to take stock of newly formed Saffron Production and Export Development Agency (SPEDA) committee.
GoI Commerce Secretary gave a detailed presentation on the constitution, mandate and potential of SPEDA-constituted under the Spice Board Act 1986.
While outlining the activities of Spice Board, the Union Secretary informed a ground study was conducted during 2015 in saffron growing areas. He informed that a special package for the development of saffron with an outlay of Rs 329.39 Cr to be implemented for a period of 5 years has been submitted to New Delhi Ministry of Agriculture through Ministry of Commerce and Industry for approval.
The package is expected to be approved for implementation only after the extended National Saffron Mission ends by March 2018, he added.
Financial Commissioner, Agricultural Production Department, Promod Jain, Financial Commissioner, Planning Development & Monitoring Department, B B Vyas and other senior officers besides progressive saffron farmers, saffron exporters and saffron traders were present in the meeting.
He gave a detailed presentation on the constitution, mandate and potential of SPEDA-constituted under the Spice Board Act 1986.
During the meeting detailed deliberations were held on the achievements of the National Saffron Mission and various decisions were taken on how saffron production can be further enhanced, area under saffron expanded, Kashmiri saffron certified and branded to prevent counterfeit saffron being sold in the name of Kashmiri saffron.