Srinagar: Department of Horticulture Kashmir today organized a day long training programme for the officers/field functionaries of the Department at Directorate of Horticulture Rajbagh, Srinagar. The main purpose of the programme was to provide hands-on training to the participants on management of High Density Apple orchards. The programme was attended by the newly appointed Horticulture Development Officers and other field functionaries of the Department. The programme encompassed a series of technical sessions followed by practical demonstration.
At the outset of the programme, Deputy Director Horticulture, Kashmir Shafiqa Khalid welcomed the Director and other participants and briefed about the importance of such type of training programmes.
In his inaugural address the Director Horticulture, Kashmir Mr.G.R. Mir (JKAS) highlighted the importance of the training and practical demonstrations. He added that conducting such type of training programmes are very important for sharing the information with regard to management of High Density fruit plantations. He highlighted the importance of the High Density Apple plantation and stressed that such a plantation is needed to be managed on modern and scientific lines. He further added that the trainees shall act as master trainers of the Department and shall disseminate the technique and knowledge that they are going to learn during these training programmes. He also stressed on the need for development of public sector nurseries on the scientific lines so that we become self-sufficient in production of High Density Planting material. He further added that in future more such types of programmes shall be conducted in all the Districts of the Kashmir Division.
Late in the day, a hands-on session of the training was conducted by Mohamad Amin Bhat (Subject Matter Specialist) working in the Technical Section of the Directorate in the High Density orchard of Advanced Centre for Horticulture Development (ACHD) Rajbagh.