SRINAGAR: Government is planning to introduce “agri-tourism” in the Valley shortly boost the agriculture and tourism sectors here, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Sundeep Kumar Nayak said on Sunday.
At a review meeting, Nayak said government wants to help farmers promote the unique products of every district.
“Places like Gurez is blessed with producing a good quality of ‘zeera’ (Cumin), Kupwara with honey, Baramulla has the potential of producing exotic vegetables, and Ganderbal has great potential for potato farming,” Nayak said.
He said promoting the products would not only help the farming community financially, but also attract tourists from world over to visit these places.
Nayak said that Gulgam Kupwara will be taken up as a model village for honey production as farmers here produce superior quality of honey. Besides, he added the area has clean atmosphere which would help in promoting it as new “Agri-Tourism” destination.
Reviewing the agricultural activities in Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora, Nayak said three areas have been identified as vegetable initiative clusters, which will be linked directly to the vegetable corridor of the country. He informed that more than 70 hectares in Pattan, Sopore and Baramulla will be upgraded and every best technology will be provided to the farmers so that the benefit is directly harvested by them.
Nayak told chief agriculture officers to look towards national and international markets rather than focussing on local market. For this, he added it is important that our production increases multiple times.
He stressed on the officials of the department to lay stress on high-quality products and assured farmers that the subsidy for inputs will be extended.
Later Nayak visited Anantnag to check the working of a soil testing laboratory, workshop and kitchen garden there.