In its endeavor to give fillip to floriculture sector, the State Government has sanctioned Rs four crore to build a cold storage facility for post harvest management of tulips at Asia's largest Tulip Garden on the banks of Dal lake here.
Minister for Floriculture, Gardens and Parks and Public Works Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari, who visited the Tulip Garden, sanctioned Rs four crore for the cold storage facility for a better post harvest management. He asked the department officials to make the Tulip garden an all season garden.
"Within next five to six years, Jammu and Kashmir should become self reliant in production of Tulip bulbs and also open it for the general sale to the public," the Bukhari said.
For this purpose, the Minister instructed the Director Floriculture to create a cold storage facility by May 2016 for better post harvest management and sanctioned Rs four crore for it.
The Minister ordered for establishment of a Centre of Excellence for floral and bulb propagation and instructed the Director Floriculture to formulate a Detailed Project Report in consultation with the experts in the fields of floriculture and horticulture.
Bukhari said that the state government will take up the matter with the Government of India for funding of the project under Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) for the export of the floral produce of the state to the global market.
"In next five years, Jammu and Kashmir should become a self reliant State in production of Tulip bulbs by reducing the level of import of Tulip Bulbs to zero," the Minister stressed on the departmental officers.
Earlier visiting the plant introduction section of the Garden, Bukhari instructed Floriculture officers that the land available (around 100 Kanals) be fully utilized for a modern type of nursery. He said all the hybrid flowers as well as endemic species of plants should be propagated and made available for planting in departmental gardens and parks and also to be made available to open sale for enhancement in revenue generation.
The Minister also instructed the Director Floriculture to fully utilize the high-tech poly houses for timely availability of seedlings and also to utilize these poly houses for plant propagation. The Director Floriculture was further instructed to ensure round-the-clock power supply to these poly houses and to install a generator for its backup immediately.
Inspecting the Tulip Garden, the Minister directed that the underdeveloped portion of the Garden should be utilized for cultivation of crops like Lilium, Dahlia, Crocus, Daffodil and various other varieties of flowers. Besides these, the sloppy areas of the Garden should be utilized for orchard plantation for which high yielding varieties of fruit trees like cherry, apple, berries, walnuts, plum, almonds, chest nuts, pecan nuts etc.
Taking tour of Botanical Garden, the Minister directed that the Tulip area and the Botanical Garden should be integrated as a full-fledged resort for tourists by establishing various theme gardens and also to explore possibility of developing an eco resort in the Botanical Garden.