‘Horticulture key to JK’s economic growth’

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JAMMU: Terming horticulture as the backbone of state’s economy, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli on Saturday said the government was paying focused attention to rejuvenate the horticulture industry in the state.
He further said that the horticulture sector had a vast potential of changing the socio-economic condition of the people and providing employment opportunities to the youth of the state.
The minister was speaking after distributing saplings of various varieties including apple and walnut among progressive farmers at a function organised by horticulture department at Ghaibass in Kalakote.
He urged the functionaries of the department to be proactive and synergise efforts to ensure frequent farm visits and to explore the possibilities to promote production of high quality fruits in Rajouri.
The minister directed them for holding awareness camps at Panchayat level for disseminating information and sharing expertise with the orchardists.
Stressing that there was need to reach out to farmers and to take the technological innovations and research to the field, the minister said “it is vital that the farmers are kept well abreast with the advancements in the agriculture, horticulture and floriculture sectors to enhance their produce”.