Campaign On Elephant Garlic Launched

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Comprehensive seed plan for farmers on anvil

Udhampur – To make the farmers self-reliant in quality agriculture production with better returns by promotion of local germplasm of spices, vegetables and pulses under RKVY in district Udhampur especially in Chenani areas,   MLA Chenani, K.C. Bhagat inaugurated a campaign on elephant garlic (Ganthia medicine) at Chenani on Saturday.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Chenani, K.C. Bhagat, said that by promoting local germplasm viz; Garlic (ganthia), white bittergourd (Safed karela), local cucumber (Desi Kheera) and desi rajmash, the agriculture department has enabled the farming community of this cluster boost their production with good returns. He advised the farmers to take full benefit of this campaign and grow more local races as per the needs of the market to uplift their socio-economic condition.

The Local germplasm is always in demand in urban markets and their promotion will greater help increase their income, rooting out drudgery and rural indebitness.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Agriculture Officer, K.S. Sambyal, said that the idea for promotion of local germplasm has been conceived by Director Agriculture, Jammu, Ajay Khajuria. About 16.00 quintals of Local Garlic (Ganthia) was procured from the farmers of Chenani cluster. He also added that a seed plan is to be made in the next season, so that quality seed will be procured and farmers other than the cluster will also be included in this venture.

The farmers, Sarpanchs and Panchs appreciated the department for organising the campaign and demanded holding of such more events.

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