Minister for promotion of better farming practices, awareness camps

Horticulture deptt completes census of fruit bearing plants
SRINAGAR: Lauding the efforts of Horticulture department for completing census of fruit bearing plants across the state, the Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari Wednesday stressed on better synergy between growers and horticulture department for better farming practices and for conducting awareness camps, read an official press note issued here.
The minister interacted with Deputy Commissioners and Chief Horticulture Officers of all districts via video conferencing to check out the census status of fruit bearing plants across the state.
The fruit bearing plants which have been included in the census are Apple, Apricot, Cherry, Mango, Plum, Walnut and various other citrus fruits.
Seeking details regarding Hanuthang Apricot Village in Ladakh and status of special team sent to Leh and Kargil to tackle worms infected apricot crop in the region, the minister was informed that the team was working on ground with positive outcomes.
Bukhari stressed for expediting modalities “for the promotion and development of crop in Rajouri and Poonch Pecan nut villages”.
According to the document, surprise market checks were conducted across the state to check mis-branded pesticides while some samples have been sent to different labs across India.
“Few miss branded sample have been found in Baramulla and Pulwama,” the officials informed the minister.
He stressed on collection of final result of samples within ten days to take appropriate action.
“For public awareness, publish the name of the owner and the outlet where misbranded pesticides are found,” Bukhari directed the officials.
He also directed for conducting Tarbandi of Mandis within 15 days for conducting Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) election in a time bound manner.
“Conduct mass awareness camps for growers at zonal as well as district level in collaboration with J&K Bank, SKUAST and Tourism Department,” stressed the minister.