Jammu: Minister for Industries and Commerce Chander Parkash Ganga, today flagged off a tour group of thirty farmers from Sarore for training on latest interventions in horticulture under the centrally sponsored schemes MIDH and ATMA.
During the five-day tour, being organized by the Department of Horticulture, Samba, the group of farmers will visit Punjab AgriUniversity Ludhiana, RHRS Gangia, Indo Italian Citrus Estate Bunga Hoshiarpur, CSKVV Palampur and various successful orchards.
On the occasion, the Minister said that the Government has initiated many steps to educate farmers about modern techniques to help them increase their production and improve their living standards.
Interacting with the farmers, Ganga impressed upon them to seize the opportunity by equipping themselves with latest knowledge and technical know-how for increasing efficiency and productivity. He also asked them to share their expertise and experience which they will attain during the study tour with others as well.
The Minister complimented the department for organizing this programme and said similar programmes should be organized at regular intervals.
Chief Horticulture Officer Samba C.L Sharma briefed the farmers about different schemes in pipeline for development of horticulture in Samba district.
Later, the Minister paid tributes to martyr Vikas Sharma, SI of CRPF, who was killed at Bijapur in Chattisgarh. He conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal solace to the departed soul.