Ganai for examining solar energy to help horticulturists

Ganai for examining solar energy to help horticulturists
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Reviews functioning of horticulture dept

SRINAGAR: The Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Friday reviewed the functioning of horticulture department and status of GoI- sponsored schemes presently run in the state.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Horticulture, Director Horticulture Jammu, Kashmir, Director Finance, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing.
According to an official handout, secretary horticulture informed the advisor that in last decade there has been a substantial increase in area, growth and yield in annual fruit production in the state. “As many as 13 fruits and vegetable markets are presently functioning in the state, while development of 20 markets is underway,” the secretary said.
The advisor reviewed the status of funding and expenditure made in GoI schemes including Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), executed in the state.
He directed the secretary to examine for how solar energy could be used to help horticulturists in the state, read the handout. The secretary horticulture raised issues that included not having a horticulture policy in the state and suggested for constituting a state committee which will frame the policy document.
He also sought support from various state agencies for promotion of their products.
The secretary requested advisor to provide their department with better irrigation facilities especially, in areas like Karewas so that local horticulturalists could benefit from it.
Expansion of fruit mandi in Narwal and rationalisation of markets, besides, soil testing lab facilities were also sought, the handout added.