DDC Kupwara reviews progress in horti, agri sectors

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KUPWARA: To review progress and development under agriculture and horticulture sectors in Kupwara, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir convened a meeting here on Saturday.
Chief Planning Officer, Chief Agriculture Officer Kupwara, District Agriculture Officer, and other concerned were present in the meeting.
The Chief Agriculture Officer, Kupwara, according to an official handout, informed that an area of about 39,900 hectares has been brought under Kharif crop and 12655 hectares under Rabi crop cultivation in the district.
The meeting also took a thorough review of horticulture sector of the district.
Out of 28708 hectares of land, 19896 hectares is under fresh fruit and 8812 under dry fruit plantation, read the handout.
In 2017-18 total production of fruits is expected around 339138 Mts and out of it 295078 Mts is fresh fruits and 44060 Mts dry fruits, it further read.
On the occasion, DDC Kupwara directed the officials that the basic data of farmers should be uploaded in next 15 days. He also directed the concerned that the soil testing teams should be mobilised for the benefit of farmers.
He asked the concerned officials to “identify the land for water harvesting tanks” so that people did not face any difficulties in coming summer.
He further directed the concerned SDAO of Sogam to undertake a survey in Khumriyal-Shumriyal and Cherkoot areas in the production and demand of organic fertiliser and establish vermicompost units.
He also directed the officials of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, sheep husbandry and others to “join hands and work in cooperation to ensure better results in marketing, increase in agricultural and horticultural activities for boosting economy of the district”, it added.