Srinagar: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal on Thursday kick-started the 6th phase of vegetable seedling distribution (including one lakh seedlings of knol-khol, Saag GM Dari, Red Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower) at Kitchen Garden Premises Lalmandi, Srinagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Agriculture appreciated the efforts of the concerned officers/officials of Kitchen Garden, Hi-tech Poly House Installations and said that the department is vigorously pursuing the ambitious target of providing sufficient quantities of seedlings of different vegetable crops to the farming community of the region.
The Department has introduced many initiatives to ensure round the year availability of vegetable seedlings to the farmers, he added.
Director Agriculture marked the importance of diverse vegetable cultivation for the region. He said the strengthening of vegetable cultivation in the region could play a vital role in achieving economic security to the farming community.
Our climatic conditions are one of the most suitable in the country for the cultivation of vegetables (traditional, exotic) and to channelize this potential a collaborative approach is needed wherein the both farming community and the department has to come forward and work shoulder to shoulder, he further said.
Earlier, Director Agriculture visited vegetable growing areas of Chadoora Budgam and took stock of the vegetable crops cultivated on latest scientific lines in the area.
He reiterated the department’s commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurship in agriculture and allied sectors. He said the department is working on an ambitious plan to attract more and more educated youth towards agriculture and allied activities. He assured the concerned farmers of every possible technical support from the department during their endeavors.
Director Agriculture was accompanied by Deputy Director Agriculture (central) Wahid-u-Rehman and other senior officers of the department.