Aimed to develop the saffron production in state of Jammu and Kashmir. After Saffron of Pampore Srinagar , the next production place is district Kishtwar in J&K where Saffron is pure and famous across the world .
However, the saffron growers of Village Pochhal , lamented that nowadays,in a month of August the farmers are digging the saffron corm and ploughing the fields , they said and adding that they have found that 75 percent of saffron corm has got damaged due to unplanned rainfall from last two three years , they said .
While talking with Greater Kashmir,a local farmer of village Pochhal, Anil Kumar , informed that " non seasonal rainfall has damaged the 90 percent of saffron corm in Kishtwar villages ", he said.
They said that this season the production of saffron flowers have disappointed them as below 5 percent flowers came out from the saffron land, they expressed.
"We have lost all the saffron culture in Kishtwar as the from last few years , saffron production is depleting, we have credited (KCC) Kissan Credit Loan from J&K bank but farmers not in a position to repay the amount of loan" said another farmer Imtiyaz Ahmed.
They have lamented that the concerned department (District Saffron Development Department) is also responsible behind the depletion of yearly saffron production in Kishtwar as they are least concerned to supply advance fertilisers and productive mechanism to the local farmers, they added.
"We are planning to shift our agriculture business from saffron to vegetables and food items like wheat , rice, its better to grow vegitables and other things than saffron "said an another local resident of village Pochhal.
In a month of August and September , the process of ploughing,digging and clearance of weed from Saffron field have taken place, they informed and adding that the farmers are also changing the saffron corm from one field to another between these two month, they maintained.
They have appealed to the concerned minister and officers to waieve off the KCC loan and provide the advance fertilises and treatment for damaged saffron corm in Kishtwar.