Director Horticulture Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Wednesday visited fruit plant nursery at Nowgam, Pulwama.
The director was accompanied by Chief Horticulture Officer (CHO) Pulwama and other field officers. Director Horticulture was appraised that mother plants and root stock of Cherry, Almond and Apricot have been planted. The Director instructed the concerned to complete the left over works both civil as well as other developmental works in the nursery within shortest possible time. He also directed the nursery staff to work with zeal.
The Director also visited the office of the Chief Horticulture Officer, Pulwama as well as Block Level offices. He instructed the officers/officials to remain punctual, dedicated and honest in performing their duties and maintain a close liaison with growers/orchardists so that they get the benefits of the schemes. Director Horticulture also issued instructions to Horticulture Development Officers to keep strict watch on pesticide trade and report such traders who are found selling spurious/substandard as per provisions of law. Director Horticulture also inspected Fruit Plant nursery TumelhalPulwama and took stock of the various developmental activities.
Instructions were also given regarding conducting of awareness and training camps at different levels, so as to impart training to the farmers and orchardists on various horticulture operations and benefits for establishment of the high density orchards.
Later, Director Horticulture Kashmir visited various Food processing/CA store projects established by private entrepreneurs at Industrial Estate, LassiporaPulwama. During the visit, Bhat interacted with the entrepreneurs and fruit growers and ensured them of every possible support from the Department. Meanwhile, a meeting of Sub-committee of State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) of MIDH, J&K was held here on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Mission Director, MIDH, J&K here. In the meeting, the fresh projects related to CA Store and Food Processing units received though private entrepreneurs were thoroughly discussed/examined and various projects were approved and it was decided that these projects be placed before in coming SLEC meeting for approval. However, few projects were rejected due to lack of documents and it was decided that these projects/entrepreneurs be asked to complete the deficiencies within two weeks for further course of action. The chairman also instructed to strictly visit all such units and report about short comings if any found. The chairman also desired to give wide publicity regarding availing of assistance under MIDH/PMDP schemes so that more and more entrepreneurs can avail benefits.