Centres of Horticulture Excellence Being Set-up

Dutch experts providing technical support
SRINAGAR: To extend modern technological knowhow to the farmers of Jammu and Kashmir, Centres of Excellence for Horticulture Sector, one each at Jammu and Srinagar shall be set up shortly for which an amount Rs 10 crore has already been sanctioned by the Centre.
In order to setup the Centres of Excellence, government has sought the technical guidance from Netherlands and Dutch experts are already here to carry the preliminary survey for the formulation of DPRs in this regard.
The Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri today held a meeting with Dutch experts and Officers of the Horticulture Department to discuss various components of the Centres of Excellence.
CoE, Coordinator for India, Dr. Leon Hussan, Deputy Agriculture Councillor Embassy of Netherlands, Anand Krishnan, Sr. Expert Netherlands, Mr. Antoon Andela and Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production department, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, Director HP&M, Director Horticulture, Kashmir and Jammu Provinces, besides Director Finance Agriculture Department participated in the meeting.
Mr. Veeri emphasized on early formulation of DPRs so that the Centres come up at the earliest for the benefit of the fruit growers. He asked the Horticulture Department to extend all requisite support to the Dutch experts in the formulation of these DPRs.
A detailed presentation was made by the Horticulture Senior expert of Netherlands on setting up of the Centres of Excellence in the State.
The CoE, Coordinator for India and Deputy Councillor of Agriculture, Embassy of Netherlands, assured the Minister that the Government of Netherlands is ready to extend support in technological knowhow, farm machinery and elite planting material for agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and dairy farming sectors.
Mr Veeri noted the similarities in climate between Europe and Jammu and Kashmir that allows these places to grow all types of high-value crops at a very low cost.
The Minister said the new rootstocks being imported shall not only improve the productivity of different fruit varieties in the State but also revive the old and senile orchards, benefitting large number of fruit growers associated with the horticulture Industry.

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