SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Wednesday kick-started the sale of different varieties of vegetable seedlings at Kitchen Garden Nursery Lalmandi.
The sale witnessed huge rush of vegetable growers from Srinagar and adjacent areas.
Interacting with the farmers on the occasion, Director Agriculture Kashmir said that department was committed to promote the Kitchen Garden Scheme, and “aims to provide quality vegetable seedlings in advance season to achieve self-sufficiency in vegetables”, an official handout read.
He said that the department was providing quality and healthy seedlings, which reduces the cost of cultivation in terms of different inputs, including pesticides and fertilisers, and therefore, “makes vegetable cultivation remunerative venture”.
Director agriculture impressed upon the officers to promote the kitchen garden scheme so that the growers could get more and more benefits from this scheme. He said, “Vegetable production not only contributes to the daily consumption of big population, but it can be adopted for commercial purpose as well.”
He said vegetable cultivation had a good potential of employment generation and the unemployed youth of the Valley with the help of modern technology and suitable agro-climatic conditions for vegetable cultivation in the Valley, could take it to new heights, it added.