Secy Horticulture stresses integrated, double cropping system for ‘healthy’ returns

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KUPWARA: Secretary Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad lone on Monday stressed integrated and double cropping system for healthy returns in horticulture and agriculture sectors. He directed the concerned officers to identify villages to be designated as ‘model villages’ on pilot basis which would be fully developed under horticulture and agriculture sectors and thereby replicated in case of better results.
He also directed for filling up class IV vacancies to strengthen manpower.
Lone was speaking during a high level meeting of concerned officers here at DC office Complex.
The meeting was attended by District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir, Director Agriculture, Director Horticulture P&M, District and Sectoral officers of Agriculture and Horticulture departments, programme coordinator KVK, officers of Agro Corporation and other concerned.
The meeting was convened to review the progress achieved under horticultural and agriculture sectors in the district. Various issues related to these sectors were also reviewed in the meeting, an official handout read.
Manzoor Lone said that the steps to overcome bottlenecks should be taken to benefit farmers. He said that the focus should be given on vegetable cultivation, Zagg Rice, fodder and honey keeping in view of the topography of the area. He asked for generating on-line system and ensuring the facilities like banking, toilet, drinking water, electricity in fruit and vegetable mandies in the district so that the traders do not face any inconvenience, the handout read.
He directed for identifying 50 hectares of land in the district for introduction and promotion of high density plantation to boost horticulture sector for which he assured the approval of vermicompost units, bore wells, reservoirs and requisite mechanization, it read.
The DDC on the occasion sought the intervention from Commissioner Secretary to boost horticulture and agriculture sectors in the district. He said that 10 villages have been identified to be covered under double cropping this year.