‘Saffron mandi to come up at Pampore’


Budgam, Dec 15: In order to provide adequate marketing cover to the saffron growers and to eliminate middlemen exploitation, a “Modern Saffron Mandi” and a quality control lab will be established at saffron town Pampore shortly.
 An amount of Rs. 22.6 crore have been earmarked for the purpose under National Mission on Saffron.
 This announcement was made by Minister for finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather at a function held at Sheikh-ul-Alam Hall Budgam today to distribute incentive cheques amounting to Rs. 1.49 crore among beneficiaries under National Mission on Saffron, an official statement said.
 The Minister called for focused attention towards enhancing production & productivity of Saffron, adding that the need of the hour was to improve post harvest processing and opening of more transparent marketing channels.
 Rather called upon the farmers to utilize Modern Agriculture Technologies to increase production & productivity adding that farmers should switch over to cultivation of cash crops.
 He asked to Agriculture functionaries to provide timely quality agriculture inputs including hybrid seeds, fertilizers, modern farm machinery and agriculture implements to the farmers.
 Speaking on the occasion, Director Agriculture Kashmir Dr. Farooq A. Lone said that over 46 hectares of land in Budgam has been brought under saffron mission during the current year, so far adding that farmers were provided free of cost Vermicompost and fertilizers.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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