PAMPORE: A one day Saffron festival was celebrated Saffron fields of Pampore to promote Saffron in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.
The Saffron festival was organized by department of Tourism Jammu and Kashmir and witnessed huge participation of officials, growers, student and local people.
The Saffron festival held in open Saffron fields at famous SoneKrend Pampore.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole graced as the Chief guest on the occasion, while Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Baseer-Ul-Haq Choudhary, Director Tourism Fazlul Habib, MD Tourism, Director Horticulture Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhury, ADC Awantipora Zaffar Husson Shawl and Environmental Lawyer Nadeem Qadri participated in the Saffron Festiwal.
Tehsildar Pampore Zubair Ahmad Bhat, SDPO Pampore Mir Imtiyaz Ahmad, DDC Chairman Pampore Mir Altaf Ahmad, Saffron growers Association President Abdul Majeed Wani and other officials, employees from various departments, students and a good number of people were also present during the day long event, officials told Kashmir Reader.
The day long Festival was inaugurated by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole by picking Saffron flowers in which Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Baseer-Ul-Haq Choudhary, Director Tourism Fazlul Habib, Director Agriculture Mohammad Iqbal Khan and other officials and officers and school children in traditional dress also participated.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir alond DC Pulwama and other officials also flags off cycle rally in which dozens of school students took part in the rally.
During the festival, a painting competition was also conducted with school children so that those children could get knowledge about the importance and usefulness of Saffron flowers.
A musical concert was also organized for the participants which was well enjoyed by the audience during the event.
More than 3700 hectares of land under the cultivation of Saffron in the Pulwama, Srinagar and Budgam districts.
While addressing the gathering Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole,said that the administration is committed to promote the Saffron industry and increase the income of Saffron farmers
Director Agriculture, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that Saffron is harvested from 20 October to 15 November.
He said that it is grown in Pulwama, parts of Srinagar Budgam and Kishtwar.
” Saffron has history and is one of the world’s costliest spice,” he said, adding that on 1 November the department of Tourism celebrated Saffron festival here at Saffron fields Pampore.
He told Kashmir Reader that awareness was provided to farmers, students and tourists on production and marketing of the saffron.
All Saffron growers association president, Abdul Majeed Wani, told Kashmir Reader that they celebrate harvesting of Saffron as festival.