SRINAGAR: An interactive meeting of expert committee members constituted for drafting/formulation of Horticulture Policy for Jammu and Kashmir State and stakeholders including fruit growers, nursery owners, processers, traders, controlled atmosphere (CA) store owners was held under the chairmanship of Secretary Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Lone, here on Saturday.
The interaction session was also attended by the officers of the horticulture department. Various issues were raised during the interaction by stakeholders who urged formation of part of the policy with a view to ensure that the interests of the ultimate stakeholders were secure and safe in times to come.
According to an official press note, Issues of significance including increase of production in apple through introduction of high density plants, diversification of fruit cultivation, strengthening of irrigation aspect in orchards, concerns of processing/value addition of fruits, etc. were discussed at length and it was felt that action programme should be initiated by all stakeholders to materialise dividends at a very short notice, the press note added.