Govt taking measures to boost horticulture: Basharat Bukhari

Principal Secretary, Finance Mr Navin Kumar Choudhary, Secretary Horticulture Mr Manzoor Ahmed Lone, MD JKHPMC, Dr Kabir Dar and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 21 2017 12:10AM | Updated Date: Oct 21 2017 12:10AM
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Horticulture Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari today said necessary interventions and innovative measures are being implemented so that J&K's horticulture sector is properly augmented both in terms of human resource and infrastructure.

The minister was addressing officers during a meeting held in sequel to the pre-budget meeting with the Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu to discuss the requisite budgetary support and interventions needed to give the requisite fillip to the horticulture sector.

Principal Secretary, Finance Mr Navin Kumar Choudhary, Secretary Horticulture Mr Manzoor Ahmed Lone, MD JKHPMC, Dr Kabir Dar and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

While discussing the recent walnut committee report, the minister said necessary measures are afoot to give the requisite fillip to the walnut industry which is among key horticultural exports and a major contributor to the rural economy. He said the recommendations of the committee would be implemented so that necessary interventions are made in this sector at various levels to increase productivity and marketing.

The Minister also directed for exploring the possibilities of hiring cold storages for the fruit produce so that the shelf life of the same is increased. He said this would give the growers the requisite facility of storing the produce and also selling it at the fruit mandis when the rates are good which would in turn ensure that they get good returns.

The Minister while hailing the recent initiative of the government to declare JKHPMC as debt free said the step would go a long way in rejuvenating the corporation which would ensure that the fruit produce of the is marketed in a proper way in other state’s of the country as well. He said since JK is the largest fresh fruit producer so the marketing and packaging facilities are imperative in selling the produce in the present competitive market in the country and globally.