SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed on more technology transfers in horticulture sector to boost the produce and increase the shelf life of fruit.
Chairing an appraisal meet¬ing regarding various technol¬ogy interventions in vogue in horticulture sector around the world, the Chief Minister said with the adoption of new tech¬nologies and discoveries, the scale and scope of horticulture industry in the state could be increased by a great measure. “From planting of saplings to fruit harvesting, these new technologies once used with precision would not only in¬crease the yield and capacity of the plants, but also increase the shelf life of the fruit there¬by increasing the marketabil¬ity of the fruit,” she told the meeting.
Mufti specifically quoted the example of High Density Apple trees which she said have the potential to revolu¬tionize apple production in the State. She said the State Government with the sole ob¬jective of improving the per unit yield of apple launched the scheme early this year and hoped with its efficient adop¬tion the scheme would give op¬timum results.
The Chief Minister under¬scored the need for adopting latest post harvest technolo¬gies in horticulture, particu¬larly apple, so that the time from harvest to market is in¬creased thereby fetching the fruit good returns in market.
Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari in¬formed the Chief Minister about various steps the Department has been taking to incorporate the emerging technologies and interven¬tions in the field to increase the fruit production and ex¬tend the shelf life of fruit after it is harvested in the field. On the occasion, the meeting was briefed about various technol¬ogies in vogue in USA, Canada and other European countries as a result of which the fruit quantity and its shelf life have been enhanced considerably.
Secretary, Horticulture, M. H. Malik and some members of scientist community were pre¬sent on the occasion.