Certification important during production of fruits, vegetables: Dir Horticulture Jmu

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Dept organises training on PGS-India

JAMMU: Director Horticulture Jammu, Anuradha Gupta on Friday impressed upon orchardists to take keen interest in training programmes as these “prove very beneficial for promoting organic farming in fruit crops”.

She said organic farming and certification becomes important during the production of fruits and vegetables in view of the health hazards due to “indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers”, an official handout read.

Gupta was speaking during a training programme organised by Department of Horticulture, Jammu on ‘Organic Certification through Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India)’ in technical collaboration with Regional Centre for Organic Farming (RCOF), Panchkula here at its directorate office.

“By Organic Certification through Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India), farmers will fetch better returns from their organic produce and will be recognised in the market,” she said.

The department is going to start organic certification from Marh area of Jammu district and will be extended across the division in a phased manner, the handout read.

Director horticulture expressed satisfaction over the keen interest shown by some progressive orchardists present in the programme in adopting the organic certification.

Resource person, Dr Shahina Tabassum, Scientific Officer from RCOF Panhkula briefed the participants about the organic certification by highlighted the procedure involved in the certification through Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India).

Joint Director Horticulture Jammu, S Tarvinder Singh, chief horticulture officers, divisional/district level officers of Jammu division, besides progressive orchardists were present on the occasion, the handout read.