National Horticulture Board on 3-days visit to Valley

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Aims to buy 200 hectares of land for vegetable production in district Budgam

Srinagar: To increase the potential of commercial vegetable production and its marketing at national level, the National Horticulture Board (NHB) – Government of India – chaired a meeting with senior functionaries of the Department of Agriculture, SKUAST (K), Horticulture Department and Horticulture Planning and marketing Department here on Wednesday.
According to the statement, a delegation of NHB headed by Managing Director Ariz Ahmad is on a three days visit to the valley.
Speaking on the occasion, Ariz Ahmad highlighted the activities taken up by the National Horticulture Board GoI for the vegetable and fruit production. He said National Horticulture board wants to boast the vegetable production in the valley on commercial lines and its Post-Harvest management.
“National Horticulture Board intends to take 200 hectares of land for vegetable production under cluster based approach in district Budgam,” Ariz said and added that the GoI wants to provide the assistance for production, land development, post-harvest management, laying of cold storage infrastructure and to provide the marketing facility for the growers.
He asked the scientists and officers of the department to work in close coordination for the upliftment of farming community, the statement said.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi gave a detailed power point presentation of vegetable prospectus in Kashmir division. Andrabi deliberated that out of net sown area of 3.62 lakh hectares 21.79% of the area is under the vegetable production. He said that the temperate climate of Kashmir is suited for vegetable production. “The department has already taken up ten villages as organic clusters for vegetables and each cluster comprises of 50 hectares of land,” he added.
Shanawaz Bukhari, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing assured the meeting that all possible support will be extended to the farming community for marketing of vegetable and other produce, it reads.

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