Govt to promote high density Litchi orchards in Jammu

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JAMMU- On the directions of Director Horticulture Anil Kumar Sharma, Chief Horticulture Officer, Jammu S. Kirtan Singh Raina today conducted an inspection tour of Litchi Orchards of Flora-Nagbani Panchayat in Marh block where heavy bearing in Litchi orchards was observed.

During the course of visit one to one talk regarding  various INM/ IPM techniques were discussed with progressive litchi orchardists viz, Vidya Sagar, Vinay Kumar, Narinder Singh, Namneet Singh etc.

Orchardists apprised that the IPM/INM practices applied during this year were successful in controlling attack of Nut Borer and other insect pests in Litchi. The various orchardists also shared that they earned about two – three lakh per Ha from litchi during this year.

Chief Horticulture Officer appealed to the farming community to come forward and establish new High density Litchi orchards with the assistance of the Department of Horticulture and also avail other  benefits under different schemes.

Litchi Fruit is becoming favourite in the sub-tropical areas of Jammu Division.  The fruit is getting its own place because of its attractive colour, aroma and taste.  The fruit is so juicy that immediately after taking its pulp gets dispersed in the mouth.

According to the Director Horticulture Mr. Anil Kumar Sharma, the fruit is occupying its major place in those areas where assured irrigation is available in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts and this year, the production of the Litchi fruit is likely to reach 4000 MT.

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