Horticulture dept organizes mega awareness cum training camp in Budgam

Budgam Decemebr 12:(KNS) The department of Horticultuire Kashmir on Sunday organized a mega awareness/training camp at Town Hall Charisharief, District Budgam. This was 6th such camp organized by Department to
reach out to the farmers.
Director General Horticulture Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat (JKAS) was the Chief Guest of the function. Block Development Council (BDC) Chairperson Nagam, Pakerpora, Charishrief, DDC
member Pakerpora, Nagam, Municipal Council Chairperson Charishrief along with PRIs attended the camp. President Fruit Grower Association Mr. Bashir Ahmad Bashir and Mr. Adil
Chowdhary Representative tribal papulation also participated in the camp. The camp was attended by a large number of progressive orchardists.
The main purpose of the training/awareness camp was to aware the farmers about the different departmental Schemes in vogue particularly newly launched Modified High Density
Plantation Scheme.
At the outset of function Chief Horticulture Officer Budgam Mr. Javiad Ahmad Bhat, welcomed the Director General and other participants to the camp. He then highlighted the present scenario
of the Horticulture sector in the district and appraised the appraised the participants about various developmental schemes including Modified High-Density Plantation Scheme.
Addressing the gathering, Director General Horticulture, elaborated in detail about the incentives available under the various central and UT sponsored schemes of the department viz. MIDH, PMDP, SMAM, PMKSY, CAPEX etc., and urged the farmers to come forward and avail the benefits under these schemes. He also assured that special focus will be given creating irrigation facilities
as the demand for same put forward by public representatives. Regarding the modified High-Density Plantation Scheme, He encouraged the farmers of the area particularly marginal and
small farmers to come forward and take the advantage of newly launched Scheme. He further added that shifting to High Density Plantation is the only way forward to increase the production and productivity and to compete with the international market. He also gave on spot instructions to the Chief Horticulture Officer to give vide publicity to all schemes particularly the Modified High-Density Scheme by holding awareness camp at village and block levels.
At the end DG thanked all the participants and said more such camps will be held in the area. Director General then distributed Packing Shed/machinery authorizations among the
farmers. DG also issued authorization for setting up of Walnut DeHulling Unit. School Uniform, books and other stationery items were also distributed by DG Horticulture among the students belonging to the economically weaker section of the society.(KNS

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