Srinagar- The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Tuesday inaugurated Chinar Plantation Drive by planting Chinar saplings at Mughal Garden, Nishat Bagh.
Speaking on the occasion, the Div Com highlighted the importance of Chinar as a heritage tree and termed it as the indicator of rich plant biodiversity with tremendous environmental benefits.
He shared a legend about a gardener of the pristine Nishat Bagh Garden who had dedicated his volunteer service to sustain and maintain the garden.
Pole underlined the role of gardeners and staff of the Floriculture Department to sustain the picturesque beauty of the garden.
The Div Com instructed that as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mohatsav’, initiative of the government which is being observed to celebrate 75 years of Independence, 75 Chinars shall be planted in Nishat Garden during this drive.
He said that the Floriculture Department has also transplanted Chinar trees at Char Chinar where only a single chinar was alive to make it Char Chinar in real sense.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Floriculture Kashmir, Farooq Ahmad Rather said that today on March 15 the department is celebrating Chinar Day during which chinar saplings are planted across the Division and the plantation drive will continue till the season of plantation.
He said Chinar is a majestic tree whose Golden colours add the beauty of Kashmir during autumn when most of the trees look withered.
Rather informed that Nishat Bagh was selected for today’s plantation drive as it has the second highest number of chinar trees after Naseem Bagh. He added that 10,000 chinar plants will be planted across the districts this season.
Among others, Tehsildar Khanyar, senior Officers and Officials of Floriculture department were present on the occasion.
Preparedness For ‘Spring Blossom Festival 2022’ Reviewed
The Director General Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Tuesday reviewed the preparedness for celebration of ‘Spring Blossom Festival-2022’ at Centre of Excellence (CEO) Zawoora, Khanmouh on 21st March.
During the meeting, the DG informed that the said festival shall continue for one month and is first of its kind initiative of the department to promote Horti-tourism. He added that the main attraction of the programme shall be the exhibition of different fruits, plants of elite quality, High density technology, Horticulture machinery and cultural programmes etc.
Visitors will also get a chance to visit the center and witness the beautiful blooming season of different fruit crops. He further urged upon all the stakeholders of the event to put in all the efforts to make this event a big success.
The DG on the occasion urged the general public particularly students to participate in the event and get themselves refreshed.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Director, Chief Horticulture Officers, Chief Canning Instructor, Farm Manager ACHD, Rajbagh & Zainpora, Horticulture Information Officer and other horticulture stakeholders.
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