Srinagar, Nov 5: CSIR-IIIM on Friday launched activities under CSIR Floriculture Mission in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in a day-long programme held here.
Union Minister of State, Science and Technology; Earth Science (Independent Charge); Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Jitendra Singh, was the Chief guest at the event and Dr Shekhar C. Mande, Director General CSIR and Secretary DSIR; Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST- Jammu and SKUAST- Kashmir were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh accused the earlier governments of deliberately discouraging start-ups in Jammu & Kashmir, including in Kashmir. “So that the youth could remain perpetually dependent on salaried government jobs and continue hanging around the political masters of the day.”
Addressing an interactive meet of Agricultural Start-Ups and farmers, organised jointly by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST), the Minster said, this is for the first time in the last few years that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, concerted and technology based effort has been made to promote the agriculture sector for young start-ups in the region.
Whereas, in the past, he said, the farmers and the agriculturists would largely depend upon the mood of climate and vagaries of nature for cultivation, in the last few years, new areas like, for example, Lavender cultivation have been explored at a large scale both in the Kashmir in the areas around Gulmarg etc. as well as in the Jammu region in districts Doda and Reasi.
Dr D. S. Reddy, Director CSIR IIIM, Jammu while delivering the welcome address introduced the audience about the CSIR-IIIM and the programme.
Further Dr Shahid Rasool; Nodal Scientist of CSIR Floriculture Mission gave an overview of the mission and the role of CSIR in developing and dissemination of technologies for the development and promotion of the Floriculture sector on scientific lines.
He briefed the audience about the objective of the mission in enhancing farmers’ income and to develop entrepreneurship ecosystem through high value floriculture using CSIR technologies. He further highlighted the verticals of the mission to be implemented by CSIR-IIIM in UT of J&K that include development of new floral varieties; expansion of areas under region specific floricultural crops; integration of apiculture and floriculture and establishing effective domestic and international market linkage.