‘Back to Village’: Dir horti urges sarpanchs, gram sabha to undertake needs assessment of villages

SRINAGAR: Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Friday urged all sarpanchs and gram sabha to undertake assessment of needs of the villages. He was speaking during a Gram Sabha in Khandyal Gurez, Bandipora in connection with the government’s “Back to Village” programme being organised across the state from June 20 to 27.
To ensure equitable development of horticulture across the area, the director, after deliberations, constituted a social audit committee of local people of Khandyal Gram Panchayat.
In a statement, Bhat urged all sarpanchs and gram sabha to energize panchayats, collect feedback on delivery of government schemes/programmes, capture specific economic potential and to undertake assessment of needs of the villages. Discussions on water conservation issues were also held, it read.
“An awareness camp was also held with the growers wherein thorough discussions were held and director horticulture exhorted the people to avail benefits of various sponsored schemes under implementation,” a spokesperson in the statement said.
Director Horticulture Kashmir also distributed free horticulture mini tools among the beneficiaries. “The famers/orchardists lauded the efforts of the department and requested for organising more such programmes for the benefit of the farmers,” the spokesperson said.
Director Horticulture also visited various orchards in the area and urged to focus on plantation of best quality walnut plants and use of scientific management practices to increase production and productivity in short period of time to meet the growing domestic demand and surplus produce for export, the spokesperson added.