Horticulture Deptt. envisaged to establish three high-tech walnut nurseries in Valley

Srinagar August 13:(KNS) In order to overcome the scarcity of quality walnut planting material in Kashmir valley, which is a prominent dry fruit of the Union Territory. Department of Horticulture envisaged to establish three High Tech nurseries of walnut in central, south and north Kashmir at Zawoora-Srinaggar , Bijbehera-Anantnag, Chandigam-Kupwara.
Director Horticulture Kashmir- Mr. Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, KAS in line with reviewing the functioning of these nurseries has already visited Zawoora and Chandigam few days back and today paid a surprise visit to Brakpora nursery in District Anantnag. On inspection of the said nursery, Director appreciated the dedication and working of the staff posted in the nursery. He also gave cash reward to the nursery staff and appreciation certificates as well. The working of I/C nursery Mr. Sareer Ahmad Dar, HTG-II was highly appreciated. The District Horticulture Officer Anantnag briefed that an area of 11941 hectares are under Walnut cultivation with an annual production of 466522 M.Tonns besides 72000 clonal root stock have been planted in departmental nurseries during 2019-20. During next two years 1 lac number of plants shall be produced in such nurseries for distribution among the famers. Director advised that steps needs to be taken to enhance production of budded/grafted walnut plants as plantation in the District as this District have the huge potential for walnut which should be tapped. Later on Director visited Fruit & Vegetable Craft Centre & fruit plant nursery Achabal and instructed Manager Cum Chemist to conduct short term training courses in a phased manner in the art of fruit and vegetable preservation so that the local youths may establish their own ventures for which 50% financial support is being provided by the Department. Instructions were given to District Horticulture officer Anantnag to provide modern tools to the departmental nurseries for development of such nurseries on scientific lines. He also directed the District Horticulture officer Anantnag for providing PPE kits to the nursery as well as field staff for efficiently managing these nurseries.(KNS) 

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