Jammu suitable for litchi cultivation, needs to be tapped: Scientist

Jammu suitable for litchi cultivation, needs to be tapped: Scientist
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JAMMU: Eminent Scientist and Director NRCL, Dr Vishal Nath on Monday said that Jammu province had suitable geo-climatic condition for cultivation of the litchi crop, which needed to be tapped optimally.
He was speaking during a day-long training-cum-interaction programme on Litchi cultivation organised for officers of horticulture department here on Monday.
The training programme was organised by the State Horticulture Department in technical collaboration with National Research Centre for Litchi (NRCL) Muzzaffarpur, Bihar. Chief horticulture officers of sub-tropical districts of the state Kathua, Samba, Udhampur and Reasi along with horticulture development officers attended the programme, an official handout read.
Dr Vishal Nath gave a detailed account regarding the cultivation of litchi crop with its origin, distribution and selection of climate specific crops in the subtropical area like Jammu division, read the handout.
Dr Vishal also focussed on its various aspects, its value addition in the form of pulp and juices. In addition to this he also advised the officer to familiarise lagan crop which is similar to litchi crop having good nutrients content, it read.
The crop is being widely accepted by the local farming community as it has good market value.
Dr Amrindra Kumar Senior Scientist NRCL informed the farmers regarding the good agricultural practices (GAP) to be adopted in the cultivation of litchi crop for quality production of fruit.
Director Horticulture Jammu, Anuradha Gupta asked the field functionaries especially, horticulture development officers to take maximum benefit of the resource persons, equip themselves with the latest advancement in the cultivation of litchi crop and to encourage the farming community for its adoption to get good returns. She also instructed the officers to “widely popularise the cultivation of litchi crop in subtropical areas of the Jammu division especially in litchi adopted villages, the handout added.