Kishtwar – The district development commissioner, Kishtwar, Saleem Chowdhary inaugurated a mega Kissan mela at Kishtwar which was organized by Department of Horticulture.
Additional District Development Commissioner, Kishtwar, Jitender Kumar Singh was the guest of honour and Joint Director Horticulture Jammu, Sonam Narboo was special guest.
A team of experts from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology, Jammu headed by Dr V K Wali, Head Division of Fruit Sciences was specially invited for the occasion.
The dignitaries inspected the stalls displaying about 650 samples of fresh and dry fruits being grown in five horticulture zones of the district and were briefed about the exhibits by Chief Horticulture Officer Kishtwar.
The display of 60 samples of Ambri variety of apple was highly appreciated by the visitors besides the dry fruit collection of about 140 walnut samples. The giant sized pear had its prominence on the stalls alongwith quince collection. The pomegranate and grapes distinctively attracted attention of visitors due to their size, sweetness and colour. Attempts of introduction of citrus fruits was exhibited through 24 samples while late maturing peaches from Padder and rare and minor fruits like Kiwi and cultivated Olive were also displayed in the show.
As National Mission on medicinal plants is being implemented by the department successfully, one of the nursery growers assisted by the department under the scheme, displayed medicinal plant species produced in the nursery.
On the occasion, printed material on package of practice on prominent fruit crops, year round calendar of operations, incentives admissible under various developmental schemes were distributed among the visitors. Many private agencies which participated in the mela displayed and demonstrated their products like PP Machinery, Protected Cultivation Material, Organic Fertilizers etc.
The orchardists particularly the progressive ones from the district expressed their satisfaction over different developmental activities being undertaken by horticulture department. An interactive technical session was also organized in collaboration Subject Matter Specialists of the department and scientists of SKUAST-J wherein one to one problems of the fruit growers were discussed in depth.
The DDC while appreciating the event, impressed upon the fruit growers to adopt latest techniques and procedures advised by the experts to boost up their production and productivity as district Kishtwar is bestowed with excellent agro-climatic conditions feasible for fruit growing which are none less than adjoining Kashmir or Himachal Pradesh.
The best adjudged fruit exhibits were given cash prizes and citations. The catch of the show was CHILGOZA (Pinenut) from Padder.
The mela concluded with the vote of thanks by Chief Horticulture Officer Kishtwar.
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