SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the conversion of saffron land for residential purposes, Minister for Agriculture Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said there should be no deviation of the Land Use Act. He directed the district administration Pulwama to gear up their field functionaries and take strong measures to stop the construction of residential houses and other illegal constructions on saffron land.
The Minister was interacting with the officers after inaugurating two Bore Wells having Sprinkler Irrigation System costing Rs 81 lakh at Namalibal and Chadhara Pampore. These irrigation projects will irrigate 47 hectares of saffron land and will benefit about 500 farmers of these areas.
The Minister also inspected ongoing construction work of Saffron Park Pampore constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 11 crore. The park is having facilities of transit, canteen, administrative conference block, processing and flower handling unit, e-tendering and trading facilities.
He said a project of Rs 400 crore under National Mission on Saffron was sanctioned with the aim to increase the production and quality of saffron. He said that the saffron of our State is famous throughout world but need is to make its identity with quality product.
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