MLA Amirakadal and former minister for finance Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Saturday visited the Shalimar Campus of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir.
Interacting with Prof Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K and the scientists, Bukhari was impressed with the fruit size, natural colouring, texture and aroma, a SKUAST-K handout said.
"Seeing the potential of the high density concept, its economic returns and early yield per hectare, Bukhari expressed the hope that this concept could prove major revenue resource for the state and bring prosperity among the farming community," it said.
The former minister said the farmers must emulate the technology of high density concept for higher economic returns which will be game changer for their economic and social upliftment.
He advised the VC SKUAST to have a complete package of practices from planting material production to harvest and subsequent scientific storage and marketing and demonstrate it for mass awareness through print and electronic media in the entire state.
He also laid emphasis for production of quality planting material locally instead of dependence on imported material.
Bukhari suggested to the VC SKUAST-K to have similar high promotion of high density orchards of pear and cherry in addition to high density almond and walnut plantation on scientific manner.
The high density apple orchard bore fruits only in the second year of its establishment yielding 25 to 30 tonne per hectare. This high density orchard was established in 2017 and former Governor of the State harvested the first crop recently, the statement added.