Horticulture dept organises training camp at Shopian

SHOPIAN: The Department of Horticulture on Friday organised a day-long mega awareness-cum-training camp at Shadab Karewa in district Shopian.
Scores of farmers participated and put-forth problems faced by them regarding horticulture which were addressed on the spot.
On the occasion, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Shopian, Owais Ahmad and Director Horticulture Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, officers from various departments and senior citizens were present on the occasion.
The programme was organised for information dissemination among orchardists under GoI- sponsored scheme Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), a release read..
DDC while interacting with the fruit growers advised them to take maximum benefit by availing incentives available under various GoI-sponsored and state sector schemes presently under implementation in the division.
He impressed upon the farmers to keep close liaison with the field functionaries of the department so that they were able to get maximum benefits under different schemes. He revealed that the department was going to start skill development programme in the temperate areas with an objective to train the local unemployed youth in various propagation techniques like budding, grafting and canopy management techniques like pruning/training of fruit trees, so that they could act as master trainers and could train other local youth in the same.
He also informed that department was going to start toll-free number very shortly so that the technical problems of the farmers living in the far-flung area would be addressed on the telephone by the panel of technical experts of the department, the release read.
DDC Shopian and director horticulture presented mementoes to orchardists, fruit growers on the occasion, it added.