Dir Horticulture visits IGC Lassipora, asks entrepreneurs to harness full potential of this sector

SRINAGAR: Director Horticulture Kashmir (Chairman,JIT) Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, today visited IGC, Lassipora Pulwama and I.E. Aglar Shopian to inspect various units established under Post Harvest Management viz C.A.Stores/Food Processing units.
He was accompanied by Deputy Director Horticulture, Chief Horticulture officer, Pulwama/Shopian, Chief Canning and Processing Instructor and other members of Joint Inspection Team. During the visit, Director Horticulture inspected various C.A.Stores and took stock of the functioning of the units.
He enjoined upon entrepreneurs to work for harnessing the potential of this sector for growth and employment generation in this regard. Further he informed all the interested entrepreneurs to invest in the Horticulture sector for creation/establishment of infrastructure to facilitate the farming community with the utilization of raw material produced and its value addition for earning better livelihood through this sector.
During the interaction, the entrepreneurs raised the demand of upgradation of road at I.E.Aglar Shopian, Director Horticulture assured that the matter shall be taken up with concerned authorities. Chief Horticulture officer Pulwama and Shopian were directed to ensure the awareness among the growers through different mediums related to benefits under the newly launched Schemes viz Operation Greens-Top to Total and PM Formalization of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PM FME) as a part of Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and registration process in this regard be taken up on war footing basis. During the interaction with the C.A. Store Stakeholders Director Horticulture advised the entrepreneurs to help the orchardists by way of providing excellent services and charging reasonable rates.
Later on Director Horticulture convened a meeting with Chief Horticulture officer Pulwama and Shopian and took stock of all developmental activities being undertaken in the field. The achievements/progress under all schemes was discussed in detail and instructions were issued to make full expenditure within the stipulated period of time.

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