Vegetable cultivation has good potential for employment generation: Dir agri

Vegetable cultivation has good potential for employment generation: Dir agri
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Impresses upon promoting kitchen garden scheme

SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabion Monday impressed upon agriculture officers to promote kitchen garden scheme so that the growers get more benefits.
He said vegetable production not only contributes to the daily consumption of big population, but it could be adopted for commercial purpose as well. He said, “Vegetable cultivation has a good potential of employment generation and the unemployed youth of the Valley with the help of modern technology and suitable agro-climatic conditions for vegetable cultivation in the Valley, can take it to new heights.”
Andrabi was speaking during a function organised by the department on Monday for sale of different varieties of vegetable seedlings at Kitchen Garden Nursery Lalmandi. The 4th phase of the sale was kick started by the director here. The sale witnessed huge rush of vegetable growers from Srinagar and adjacent areas, an official handout read.
Pertinently, the hybrid/open pollinated seedlings are grown under controlled environmental conditions with complete hygiene and disease free atmosphere. Hybrid chillies, hybrid tomatoes, brinjal, cucurbits hybrid cauliflower and hybrid cabbage were available for sale on the occasion.
Interacting with the growers, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said that the department was committed to promote the ‘Kitchen Garden Scheme’, and “aims at providing quality vegetable seedlings in advance season to achieve self-sufficiency in vegetables”. He said, “The department is providing quality and healthy seedlings, to growers ahead of the season and therefore, makes vegetable cultivation remunerative venture.”
The growers appreciated the efforts of the department for timely availability of hybrid vegetable seedlings, the handout added.