37 hectares have been brought under Saffron Corm Production
SRINAGAR – Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Shaleen Kabra visited Seed Multiplication Farm Allowpora, Shopian and inspected various activities going on in the farm.
During the inspection, he was informed that the farm has a cultivable area of around 60 hectares out of which 52 hectares are to be utilized for development of Public Sector Nursery for Saffron Corm production under National Mission Saffron. 37 hectares have so far been covered and remaining 15 hectares will be developed in the next financial year, he was informed.
He was also informed that two Production wells have been dug under the Mission and work on laying of Sprinkle Irrigation system is in progress of which 4 hectares have already been covered under Macro Irrigation besides a Saffron Corm handling unit has been constructed and machinery in the form of Weeders and Tractors has also been provided under the Mission.
Kabra was informed that the farm was also being utilized for production of Foundation seeds of Paddy, Maize, Oilseed and Oats. Around 400 quintals of Oats seed, 50 quintals of Oilseed were produced in the Rabi season and around 200 quintals of Paddy and 75 quintals of Maize(C6,C8) seed are expected in the Kharief season.
A part of farm is also being utilized for cultivation of Lavender and Bulgarian Rose for promotion of Aromatic Plant Cultivation.
Commissioner Secretary advised the farm management to prepare a comprehensive report of the farm indicating its inputs requirement and output expectation so that the farm is evaluated for cost benefit analysis as a business unit. He directed the farm management to ensure adequate farm management practices in particular to the area under Saffron Cultivation so that it serves as Model Farm to train and impart extension education to farmers.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Dr Farooq A Lone, Joint Director Inputs Khursheed Kasba and other officers of the department accompanied him during his visit.
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