Rs 80.25 lakhs assistance for fruit growers
BANDIPORA: Chief Horticulture Officer (CHO), Bandipora Manzoor Ahmad on Tuesday said the department was providing subsidies to orchardists on machines they purchase as per their requirement and later transfer the subsidy amount to their account through DBT.
He said Rs 80.25 lakhs have been earmarked as assistance for distribution among fruit growers on the purchase of machinery and equipment in Bandipora district during the current financial year. “Similar awareness programmes are scheduled to be held in Sonawari as well,” he added.
The CHO was speaking during an awareness-cum-kissan mela organised by the department of horticulture, here on Tuesday, to create awareness among orchardists regarding the use of new technologies in improving the produce. The camp also apprised them of the monetary support in terms of subsidies under various schemes, an official handout read.
Chief Agriculture Officer, Bandipora, Mohammad Qasim and other officers of the department were also present.
The officials informed the fruit growers about several schemes in operation for the upliftment of horticulture sector. Orchardists from Horticulture Zone, Bandipora and Aloosa participated in the mela and interacted with the officials besides discussing the implementation of various schemes. Officials urged the orchardists to use the latest scientific technique to increase their production.
During the camp, the department had put various agricultural tools on sale at subsidised rates. Several fruit growers purchased agricultural tools, machinery and equipment of their choice for its utilisation for the management of their orchards so as to produce quality fruit and crops for better returns amid competition in the terminal markets. “Their cases were instantly processed for the release of subsidy through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) system,” said an official.