Tata Sons, one of the biggest business conglomerates of the country, is exploring investment opportunities in Kashmir’s horticulture sector.
In this connection, a team of Tata Sons is arriving in Kashmir this week and has scheduled meetings with relevant government officers and different stakeholders of horticulture sector from Tuesday.
Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Sunday coordinated a meeting in order to facilitate the interactions with the stakeholders of horticulture sector and field visits of the visiting team.
According to a statement, the coordination meeting held on Sunday was attended by managing director, JKHPMC, director agriculture, Kashmir, President Horticulture Producers and Processors Association and other stakeholders and officers.
Director horticulture, Kashmir in the preliminary meeting said that involvement of the private players for betterment of state economy will be an opportunity to work in private-public partnership mode (PPP) and the investment of the private parties will be a welcome step for the horticulture industry.
Other issues related to horticulture industry were also discussed in the meeting and the challenges before the industry in each segment came under discussion for their solution and role of the horticulture industry for upliftment of the fruit growers of the state.
In the meeting it was decided that focus need to build on enhancement of productivity per unit area in all the temperate fruit crops ranging from apple, pear, cheery to walnut, almond etc, with the use of quality/genuine root stocks and scion material for production of quality fruit crops.
Kashmir has tremendous potential in horticulture sector for employment generation and entrepreneurship ventures for the production of quality fruit crops and its post-harvest handling for earning better returns by the fruit growers for contributing to the GSDP of the state.