SKUAST-K organises awareness camp on organic saffron kitchen gardens

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SRINAGAR: Division of Plant Biotechnology, SKUAST-K in collaboration with Women Empowerment Cell, Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-K conducted a day-long awareness camp for introducing the concept of ‘Organic Saffron Kitchen Gardens’ among women.
The camp was organised under NMHS, Govt of India sponsored project ‘A Value Chain of Saffron in New Areas of NW Himalayas by Engaging Youth and Women for Strengthening a Bio-based Green Economy’ which aims at engaging youth and women to promote saffron cultivation in non-traditional areas of Jammu and Kashmir, an official handout read.
Among others, the camp was attended by fifty women participants from districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal of central Kashmir. Free kits comprising of saffron corms, vermicompost, etc. were distributed among the women participants. Director Extension, SKUAST-K, Prof Mushtaq Ahmad applauded the participants for their interest and participation, while educating them about the importance of the cultivation of saffron in kitchen gardens, and the tradition of using saffron in home-made beverages like Kehwa, the handout read.
Head, Division of Plant Biotechnology, Prof F A Nehvi shared his inputs on the medicinal value of this crop and his experience of growing saffron in non-traditional areas.