Arunachal’s Agriculture & Horticulture minister impressed with IIKSTC Pampore

Pampore: Minister for Agriculture & Horticulture Arunachal Pradesh Taggi Taki along with a team of agriculture officers visited India International Kashmir Saffron Trade Centre (IIKSTC) Dusoo Pampore where he inspected various departments of the processing units and E-marketing unit.
The minister held a meeting with the Director Agriculture Kashmir Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhury and other officials of the IIKSTC Dusoo Pampore. Chowdhury briefed the visiting dignitary regarding the post-harvest management techniques, quality evaluation, and e-marketing facilities provided to Saffron farmers at (IIKSTC).
Chief Agriculture Officer Srinagar Manohar Lal Sharma, administrator, (IIKSTC) Shahnawaz Ahmad Shah, Technical Officer (HADP) Sheikh Imran and other senior officers of (IIKSTC) were also present on the occasion.
The minister expressed his enthusiasm during a visit to the Indian International Saffron Trade Centre (IIKSTC). “Considering the climatic conditions, there is a possibility of introducing saffron cultivation in various regions of Arunachal Pradesh. This move could potentially boost our agricultural growth, and we have come here to explore this opportunity,” he said.
He further mentioned that he was pleased to visit the saffron fields and learn about the plantation process at IIKSTC. He praised India for being at the forefront of saffron production globally and appreciated the support extended by the centre. He expressed his gratitude to the officials and scientists present, recognizing their contribution to elevating India’s reputation in saffron production.
The minister emphasized that Kashmiri saffron is renowned worldwide due to its unique qualities, and he assured that they would make every effort to cultivate this valuable spice successfully in Arunachal Pradesh, thereby contributing to the nation’s progress.
The minister appreciated the officers and technical experts at IIKSTC for their role and commitment to the development of the saffron sector.
Talking to Kashmir Reader, the minister said, “Today, I visited along my Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture team IIKSTC Pampore. We are considering the establishment of an Indian International Saffron Trade Centre based on the climatic conditions. We believe that there are many places in Arunachal Pradesh where Saffron could potentially be introduced, and this could open up growth opportunities for us. We are here to explore this possibility, to see the Saffron fields and understand how its plantation would work.”
“This is just the beginning,” the minister said. “What I have seen here at IIKSTC has made me very happy. India is truly excelling and making our country proud by producing the best saffron in the world and sharing its knowledge. I want to congratulate all the officials and scientists here for the remarkable work they are doing, which is elevating the name of our nation. I hope that such work continues in the future”

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