MD highlights NHB support for fruit, vegetable production in Kashmir

According to an official spokesperson, Ariz highlighted the activities taken up by the NHB for increasing the potential of commercial vegetable production and its marketing at national level.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 6 2018 12:08AM | Updated Date: Dec 6 2018 12:08AM
MD highlights NHB support for fruit, vegetable production in KashmirInfo Deptt

Managing director, National Horticulture Board (NHB), Ariz Ahmad, who is on Kashmir visit, Wednesday held a meeting with the state functionaries of the agriculture and horticulture departments to discuss various initiatives taken by the board for vegetable and fruit production in the state. 

According to an official spokesperson, Ariz highlighted the activities taken up by the NHB for increasing the potential of commercial vegetable production and its marketing at national level. 

He said that the board wants to boost the vegetable production in the valley on commercial lines and its post harvest management. He said the NHB intends to take 200 hectares of land for vegetable production under cluster-based approach in district Budgam. Ariz further added that the central government wants to provide assistance for production, land development, post-harvest management, lying of cold storage infrastructure and to provide the marketing facility for the growers. He asked the scientists and officers of the departments to work in close coordination for the upliftment of the farming community.

Earlier director agriculture Kashmir gave a detailed presentation on the vegetable prospectus in Kashmir division. He said that that out of the net sown area of 3.62 lakh hectares 21.79 percent of the area is under the vegetable production. He said that the temperate climate of Kashmir is suited for vegetable production. He emphasized upon a definite cropping pattern according to the demand and growing of high value and exotic vegetables and stressed on value addition marketing of the produce to other states. Director highlighted the importance of organic farming in the valley and said that the department has already taken up ten villages as organic clusters for vegetables and each cluster comprises of 50 hectares of land.    

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.

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