Fruit plants distributed in Pampore under backyard horticulture programme

PAMPORE: Horticulture department Kashmir distributed around 1500 plant varieties of apple, cherry, pear and apricot among Pampore residents under backyard horticulture programme.
The drive which was kick started by Director Horticulture Aijaz Ahmad Bhat was launched recently in all ten districts of valley during which 200,00 plants will be distributed among the intended beneficiaries. The department is providing four tree species including apple trees, pear trees, apricot trees and cherry trees to the farmers on pilot basis.
Director Ajaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the project of backyard horticulture was submitted to the government few years back to which government formally gave a nod this year and subsequently the scheme was launched. “ The plants of these species will be made available to the farmers on subsidised rates as they have to pay just ten percent cost of the plant to the department and 90 per cent cost will be afforded by the department,” he said, adding that new varieties of plant species will be added in future.
The concept was adopted for urban populace where people cannot go for large orchards due to paucity of space and this scheme is meant for kitchen gardens and for the people who are interested in planting different varieties in limited space.
The farmers from the area apprised the director about the problems in the area which includes spurious pesticides and chemicals used for horticulture.
The director assured them all help so that they can properly maintain their orchards and advised them to visit nearest horticulture offices while they face any problem or detect some disease in them.
Earlier the programme was held at Khrew village of Pampore.
Meanwhile, the farmers thanked Director Horticulture for launching the scheme

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