Secy APD reviews departmental functioning in Baramulla

Secy APD reviews departmental functioning in Baramulla
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Stresses integrated, double cropping system for ‘healthy’ returns

BARAMULA: 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.

Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD) was speaking at a meeting to review the functioning of the department in district Baramulla.

The meeting was attended by District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Nassir Ahmad Naqash, Director Agriculture, Director Horticulture, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Director Sericulture, Director Planning Baramulla, Additional Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, District and Sectoral officers of Agriculture and Horticulture Departments, officers of Agro Corporation and other concerned.

The meeting took a detailed stock of progress achieved under the horticultural and agriculture sectors in the district. Various issues related to these sectors were also reviewed in the meeting, an official handout read.

Lone said that the focus should be given on vegetable cultivation, Zagg Rice, fodder and beekeeping in view of the topography of the area. He asked for generating online system and ensuring facilities like banking, toilet, drinking water, electricity in fruit and vegetable mandies in the district so that the traders do not face any inconvenience.

He also 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 secretary’s intervention to boost horticulture and agriculture sectors in the district.

“Besides walnut industry, steps need to be taken to increase wheat and maize production for encouraging returns,” he informed.