‘STATE HORTICULTURE POLICY’: Basharat Bukhari holds meeting with drafting committee

During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on the suggestions extended to streamline the horticulture sector in the state.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Apr 21 2018 1:23AM | Updated Date: Apr 21 2018 1:23AM
‘STATE HORTICULTURE POLICY’: Basharat Bukhari holds meeting with drafting committeeGK Photo

Horticulture Minister Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari Friday held a meeting with the expert committee constituted for formulating ‘State Horticulture Policy’ in Jammu.

According to an official spokesperson, the committee comprising of VC, SKUAST, Kashmir Prof Nazeer Ahmad, VC SKUAST Jammu Dr PK Sharma, Secretary Horticulture Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Former VC YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Solan Dr RP Awasthi, Head Food Security and Agribusiness (Policies and Programs) UPL Group Vijay Sardana apprised the minister on various inputs received by the committee in its various interactions with the stakeholders across the state.

According to the spokesperson the suggestions received include zonalisation, nursery raising, identification and multiplication of unexplored varieties, intercropping in orchards, introduction of new varieties, promoting mechanization, popularizing high density plantation, rejuvenation of orchards who have completed their bearing capacity, creation of healthy irrigation infrastructure and conservation of moisture, micro irrigation, organic farming, utilisation of walnut for timber purpose, creating awareness and transfer of technology, structured  weather based crop insurance scheme, proper packaging mechanisms, integrated pest management, creation of infrastructure including testing laboratories, human resource development, marketing tie ups low cost storage chambers and post harvest management and food processing measures including setting up food processing parks, training of youth in food processing, among others.

During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on the suggestions extended to streamline the horticulture sector in the state.

The minister asked the committee members to take a pragmatic view of the suggestions received and review the viability, feasibility of these inputs.

He asked them to expedite the formulation of ‘State Horticulture Policy’ and submit the final draft of the policy at the earliest for further scrutiny and early implementation in the state. 

 

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