Srinagar – Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir today stressed to complete the rejuvenation/ replanting of saffron corms within the targeted area of Pulwama, Budgam and Srinagar districts under National Saffron Mission by end of September, 2012.
The direction to this effect was passed by the Minister at a high level meeting convened to review the rejuvenation progress under his chairman ship. He was informed that treated saffron corns are being planted strictly under the guidelines of National Saffron Mission on an area of about 1200 hectares of three districts this year with the aim to introduce the latest technology inputs for increasing its quality production.
The Meeting was attended by commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production, Mr. Shaleen Kabra, Prof. F.A Nehvi of SKUAST, Director Research, SKUAST-Kashmir, Dr Shafi , Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Dr. Farooq Ahmad Lone, Director Planning, A.K. Gandotra, Chief agriculture officers of Pulwama, Budgam and Srinagar and other senior officers of saffron Mission.
To provide demonstrative plot for quality production of saffron under the overall control of SKUAST-K, The Minister asked the Director Agriculture to provide sufficient land to SKUAST in any agriculture farm so that it would become the show case for saffron growers. He further directed to start Saffron expansion programme in non- traditional areas, as the valleys other districts have also saffron potential.
The meeting was also informed that 52 deep dug wells have been completed and work on other 6 deep dug wells is in progress to provide the irrigation facilities to the farmers.
For introduction of mechanization and latest technology in saffron mission, the Minister stressed upon the officers to make compulsory purchase of required machinery for the saffron growers for which government is providing subsidy under the programme.
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