India Int’l Kashmir Trade Centre holds first Governing Council meet


E-auction of saffron introduced

Pampore: For firming up e-auction model at India International Kashmir Trade Centre (IIKTC) at Dussoo, Pampore and making the Centre fully operational, first Governing Council meeting was held here on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the meeting was held under the chairmanship of Manzoor Ahmad Lone – Secretary Agriculture Production Department and Ariz Ahmad – Managing Director National Horticulture Board Government of India.
Lone on this occasion said that the saffron is the cash crop and e- auction facility has been introduced to maintain the identity of Kashmir saffron and get right prices pan India through e-auction model.
He said that the centre is first of its kind for a high value Kashmir crop is included in e- auctioning platform for generating the sense of security of the Kashmir saffron, which was rapidly losing its identity against saffron being imported from Iran. “The Kashmir saffron is having a superior trait and has maintained its superior quality,” he added.
Ariz Ahmad said: At this centre, the saffron growers and saffron traders will get a good market facility and the quality and grade of the saffron crop will be maintained and the interests of the saffron growers will be secured who earlier used to fall in the interests of the intermediary who would not give them the right price.
The statement further said that Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi gave a comprehensive power point presentation regarding the working of the India International Kashmir Trade Centre and progress on different components under National Mission on Saffron. He said that India International Kashmir Trade Centre (IIKSTC) is state of an art facility which has been establishes at a cost Rs 37 crores and will serve the post-harvest handling facilities like drying, grading, stamen separation, of saffron crop under the hygienic atmosphere.
Others who attended this meet included Manzoor Ahmad Quadri Director Horticulture Kashmir, Bhawani Rakhwal M.D Agro Industries Dev. Corporation J&K, M. Ansar Rep. Secretary Spice Baord, Nasrullah Special Officer Tea Board of India, F.A Nehvi Scientist from SKUAST (K), A.M.Mir Vice Chairman Chamber of Commerce J&K, Deepak Kuchroo Joint Director Inputs, Avinash Chander Peer project Coodinator Mushroom and F.A Keen S.M.S.

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