Horticulture Mainstay of Kashmir Economy

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SRINAGAR-Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Mr. Raman Bhalla has said Government is making all out efforts to enhance fruit and vegetable industries in the State, adding that Horticulture sector provides significant succor to the development process and generation of employment for a large chunk of population directly and indirectly.

This was stated by the Minister while interacting with the officers of Horticulture Department at a review meeting held in Jammu today.

MLA Rafiabad and Ex-Minister, Mr. Javed Ahmed Dar, Director Horticulture (P&M) Mr. Attah-ur-Rehman, Secretary Housing Board Mr. Rampaul Sharma besides other senior officers of Horticulture and Housing Board present on the occasion.

Bhalla stressed for exploring new markets to promote State’s horticulture products. He said horticulture is the mainstay of our economy and all out efforts will be made to promote this vital sector appropriately.

The Minister asked the officers to put on their best efforts to enhance the business activities in their jurisdictions to improve the State’s economy further. He asked the officers for regular interaction between the growers and traders to sort out the petty issues and problems being faced by the business community associated with this trade. He said central and state Government’s have launched various schemes under Horticulture Sector like APEDA, NHB, HNHE, DMI, MFPI besides several other schemes to boost the economy of State’s produce.

In order to bring more transparency in the functioning and to respond quarries of growers and customers with regard to the quality and other aspects of products and trade, the Minister directed the officers to arrange special camps in rural areas and educate the unemployed youth and growers about the benefits of horticulture production.

Bhalla said horticulture is the mainstay of the state’s economy and all efforts will be made to promote this vital sector across the country. He also discussed the strategy for transportation of State’s production to various destinations. He said that attention was required to be focused both on the production of quality horticulture produce and its proper export to the terminal markets ensuring substantial returns to the fruit growers. He said that the production and productivity of horticulture have shown remarkable increase during last 4 years.

The Minister called upon the officer to motivate the growers and traders to ensure quality of fruit and vegetables in the market, adding that focus of the Government to maintain the credibility of State’s production.

Director Horticulture (P&M) Attah-ur-Rehman said that in Sopore, the Fruit and Vegetable market established in 372k-188m and 595 shops sites allotted to the traders for business. He said the market also have High Mast Lights, Laboratory blocks, weighing bridge, Guest House, DG Set, macadamized road besides drainage facilities. He said all out efforts are continue to facilitate the traders with improved facilities by constructing kiosks, earth filling of waste land for its use, installation of Plasma screen for highlighting the prevailing prices of the country and macadamization of left out area of the market

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