Govt's focus on dev of commercial flower growers: Comm Secy FP&G

Greater Kashmir

The government’s focus is on the development of commercial flower growers and to provide them all required facilities including subsidy component, said Commissioner Secretary Floriculture, Parks and Gardens, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad on Saturday.

He said this in a joint meeting of officers and commercial floriculture growers. Addressing the farmers, the Secretary said that government is keen to provide marketing and other facilities and he has already taken up the matter of high tech poly houses for cut flower growers.

Shekikh also directed the concerned for conducting of awareness & training camps for the commercial floriculture growers and to involve more and more people in this sector to raise their income. Speaking on the occasion, the DC informed the meeting that the department is stressing the progressive floriculture growers for registration of FPoS for which NABARD will provide financial assistance and other required equipment for three years.

He called upon the farmer community to participate in Kisan Pakhwada Camps so that farmers are linked with KCC to provide them hassle free loans on low interest rates for setting up of their income generating units. The DC also said that a web portal will be designed for the growers so that they can sell their cut flowers in various parts of the country at genuine rates.

Earlier, the Commissioner Secretary along with Director Parks & Gardens Farooq Ahmad Rather inaugurated Public Park at Sallar Pahalgam here. The public park has been developed by the department of Parks & Gardens with an expenditure of Rs.16.50 lakh.

He also visited Akad park and directed district officer to submit plan for its beautification and construction of protection bund from the Nallah side to save the park from the flood.