SRINAGAR: To provide adequate marketing facilities to dry fruit growers of the Valley, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan on Thursday said that the government will construct a ‘dry fruit mandi’ at Shalteng so that growers get proper amount of their yield, adding “the mandi will eliminate middlemanship and create employment opportunity for youth”.
Khan made the announcement while discussing various issues regarding the proper marketing facilities for dry fruit industry across the Valley, a handout read.
The valley produces 2.70 lakh metric tonnes of walnut annually, it read.
The divisional commissioner directed Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar to identify 50 kanals of retrieved land at Shalteng, Srinagar adjacent to National Highway.
He also directed the officers of Horticulture (Planning and Marketing) to prepare a feasible scheme for dry fruit industry for the benefit of valley-based dry fruit growers. “The scheme will also open new employment avenues to the unemployed youth of the valley,” read the handout.
Khan asked concerned officers to send the complete report to the divisional commissioner’s office within a fortnight for further necessary action.
He reiterated that government was committed to provide support to the dry fruit industry “which has a huge employment potential” adding “it will enhance the economy graph of the state”.
On the occasion, representatives of Dry Fruit Association put various grievances before the commissioner. He assured them that their genuine demands would be redressed on priority.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Director Horticulture, Deputy Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Representatives of Dry Fruit Association and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.