Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal today kick-started the sale of summer flower seedlings (Hybrid, Open pollinated) at Floriculture nursery Lalmandi Srinagar.
Director inspected different sections/ Hi Tech Poly houses of the floriculture nursery and interacted with the concern technical experts.
After initiating the proceedings sharing his views director Agriculture said that the department has introduced many initiatives to extend the activities under floriculture development scheme.
Chowdhary Iqbal said home gardening is a new emerging trend in Kashmir and landscape gardening is now an integral part of home gardening. We are endeavouring to develop organised commercial floriculture units which in turn will help in entrepreneurship development and livelihood security aiming youth, small land holding farmers he added.
Owing to the geo climatic conditions of our region and being one of the top tourist destinations in the country cut flowers, ornamental and aromatic floriculture has huge potential of employment generation he said and added.
Director Agriculture asked the concern officers to organise awareness/ training programs for farmers, educated youth, so that they could get employment opportunities in the concern trade.
Director was accompanied by Floriculture Development officer Kashmir G. M. Dhobi and other officers of the Nursery.