Bandipora records 72,093 MT fruit production

BANDIPORA: Over 72,093 metric ton fruit production had been recorded in Bandipora district during current year, which include 70,300 metric ton fresh fruit and 1,794 metric ton dry fruit.
This information was given out at a day-long awareness-cum-training program, organised jointly by Horticulture Department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), here on Thursday, an official handout read.
Chief Horticulture Officer, Bandipora, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat presided over the function.
According to the handout, scientists of KVK and the experts of horticulture department gave necessary training to fruit growers and orchardists regarding scientific techniques of pruning and other related matters. An interactive session was also held in which the orchardists raised queries regarding different fruit diseases which were answered by the experts.
Chief Horticulture Officer informed that there were 5,744 hectares of area under horticulture in the district which include 5,147 hectares under fresh fruit and 597 hectares under dry fruit.
He said, “During current year, over Rs.6 crore are being spent under various schemes including PMDP, PMKSY, MIDH and State plan to boost the horticulture activities in the district.”
He further said that various other new and innovative schemes were underway to take the sector to new heights. He said 1,940 fruit plants were being distributed among the farmers during ensuing plantation season, the handout further read.
A field visit was also carried out to impart practical training of pruning to the orchardists, it added.