Multidimensional approach must to boost saffron production: Secy APD

Multidimensional approach must to boost saffron production: Secy APD
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Inaugurates departmental library at Agriculture Complex, Lal Mandi

SRINAGAR: Secretary Agriculture Production Department (APD), Manzoor Ahmad Lone on Tuesday stressed on collective multidimensional approach for the revival of saffron and to boost its production.
The secretary was speaking at a meeting to review the overall status of saffron production in the state. The meeting was held after inauguration of the departmental library here at Agriculture Complex, Lalmandi. Lone asked the officers to introduce e-Books in the library which would be easily accessible to the readers.
He said that J&K has a monopoly over the production of saffron in India. He called for adopting a collective multidimensional approach where all the stakeholders including scientists, farmers, saffron growers, policy-makers and the department are taken on board for the revival of the sector, an official handout read.
“Saffron is such a symbolic and market-oriented crop that it has always a readily available market nationally as well as internationally,” he added.
Lone said that it is high time that all the necessary efforts were put in, translated into actions and implemented on the ground to boost saffron production.
He highlighted the importance of pursuing innovative solutions while dealing with the saffron sector to create and sustain an economically viable venture, the handout read.
Lone expressed optimism that within the next two years the saffron scenario in the state will witness a positive change. He asked the concerned scientists and experts to ensure that the different components of National Mission on Saffron including plantation of corms on scientific lines and irrigation facilities were taken care of.
Secretary APD asked Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi to depute extra staff for the saffron growing areas of the valley. He also ordered Mechanical Irrigation Department to maintain the manpower for the regulation of bore wells and sprinkler irrigation systems in the area, it added.