DG Horticulture tours Uri, distributes variety of plants

Uri, Jan 13 (KNS): Director General Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat (JKAS) today toured the Uri sub-division of district Baramulla where he participated in an awareness camp organized by the department of horticulture at Fruit Plant Nursery Salamabad Uri. The camp was a part of the UT Governments’ initiative to reach out to the people of tribal and border areas. 

At the outset of the function Chief Horticulture Officer Baramulla welcomed the Director General and other participants to the camp and appraised them about the present scenario of horticulture in sub-division Uri and elaborated in detail about the various central and UT sponsored schemes offered by the Department.

Speaking on the occasion DG Horticulture urged the farmers to come forward, associate with the Horticulture Department and avail the benefits of different departmental Schemes. He further said that focus will be given on area specific fruit plants and varieties as the Uri sub-division unlike rest of the valley has temperate as well as sub-tropical climatic conditions. 

Regarding the ignored and far-flung areas, he said that they will be given their due share and will be provided technical and financial help by the department to uplift their standard of living. He further added that appropriate modalities will be worked out by the Department to ensure greater participation of the people of the border areas in the Departmental schemes and Programmes.

He also Instructed the Field functionaries to organize workshops/awareness camps at grassroot level particularly focusing on vermicomposting, in-situ grafting of walnut and olive plants etc.

Many problems like damage caused by ‘walnut stem borer’ ‘pomegranate butterfly’ etc. were raised by the locals to which DG assured that necessary advisory will be issued by the department in coming days. 

At the end of the function DG distributed about 12000 fruit plants of lemon, pomegranate, orange, walnut etc., among the farmers and instructed the Chief Horticulture Officer to import olive plants from Rajasthan and introduce new varieties in the area. 

Among others the camp was attended Block Development Chairperson Uri, Rafiq Ahmad Bloute, BDC Chairperson Parenpeelan Asifa Tabassum, Chief horticulture Officer Baramulla Zahoor Ahmad Bhat, SDPO Uri, Junaid Wali and other officers of the Department.

Director General later inspected the departmental olive orchard and olive oil extraction mill at Salamabad and he was informed that about 15 quintal of olive fruit was harvested this year. He gave on spot instruction for rejuvenation of the whole olive orchard. (KNS)

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