SRINAGAR: To provide vegetable seedlings ahead of the growing season through green house technology, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Saturday kick-started the first phase of sale of vegetable seedlings at Kitchen Garden Lalmandi. A large number of vegetable growers and kitchen gardeners were seen receiving the seedlings.
Director agriculture, on this occasion, said, “In Kitchen Garden Lalmandi, green house technology has been developed where high quality vegetable seeds are grown on scientific basis under control conditions in off-season and these seedlings are provided to the growers 15 to 20 days earlier of the growing season,” an official handout read.
Presently, cole crops such as knol khol, cabbage and cauliflower are ready for sale. Director added that efforts of the department were on to increase the production of vegetables on commercial lines so that the economic status of the farmers is increased, it read.
Seed Production Officer, Manzoor Ahmad Shah informed that around 5 lakh seedlings of knol khol, cabbage and cauliflower have been grown in green houses with advanced technology management and were ready for sale on first come first service basis on subsidised rates.
“These seedlings are of high quality and are ready for transplanting in open fields,” he said, adding that the department provides seedlings to the growers ahead of the season and earns a revenue of Rs 5 lakhs at the kitchen garden.
The other varieties of vegetables such as solanaceous crops and cucurbits will be ready for sale in a phased manner in the coming days, it added.