CM stresses further propagation, incentivising High Density Apple scheme

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‘Simplify process of subsidy to cut down delays, difficulties’

JAMMU: Terming the High Density Apple plantation as a game changer for the horticulture industry of the state, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed on further propagation of the scheme and incentives among orchardists to achieve optimal results.
Chairing a review meeting in this regard, the chief minister asked for adopting a convergent approach by the concerned department, financial institutes and research units so that the scheme is popularised among farmers and the desired results are achieved by them, an official handout read.
The chief minister asked the J&K Bank, which finances the cases of high density apple plantation, to “simplify the process of subsidy in case of farmers opting for the schemes to cut down the delays and difficulties”.
She also asked the bank to review the scheme to further make it amenable to more farmers and to explore the possibilities of putting it under the Priority Sector Lending scheme.
Mehbooba Mufti also directed proper training of workforce by research institutes to execute the scheme on the ground without any technical hassle.
Among the major initiatives of the department 100% support is being provided for development of nurseries in public sector whiles as 50% support is being provided for development of nurseries in private sector. Also 33% subsidy is being provided for establishing C A stores, it further read.
91 out of 96 cases of financing have been cleared by J&K Bank till date involving Rs. 4.27 crore, it read.
72.5 hectares of orchard land has been brought under High Density Apple plantation in the state, read the handout.
Apple cultivation constitutes about 78% of horticulture which is spread across 48% of the area of the state.