Early Times Report
Srinagar, Oct 17: Around 90 per cent rejuvenation work, including strengthening irrigation system, enhancing product quality, mechanization, infrastructure, establishing of quality testing and market facilities, has been completed on 3715 hectares of Saffron land under National Saffron Mission, an official spokesperson said.
He said that various initiatives were taken for economic revival of Saffron under National Mission on Saffron during 2010-11 at an estimated cost of Rs 400 crore.
He said 3715 hectares of saffron are proposed to be rejuvenated under the Mission. "90 per cent work on rejuvenation, strengthening irrigation system, enhancing product quality, mechanization, providing infrastructure facility, establishment of quality testing and market facilities has been completed," he said. He said about the expected 18120 MT of apple production from 26327 hectares of land, adding that around 65 hectares of agricultural land is put under high density production. Meanwhile, Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan, on Wednesday visited Pulwama and chaired a meeting to review progress achieved under Agriculture, Horticulture and allied sectors.
The Chief Agriculture Officer informed the meeting about the bumper crop in paddy sector and introduction of varieties like SR3 and SR5.
He added that the schemes like PM-KISAN, Soil Health Cards and Kisan Credit Cards have been implemented. It was intimated that a model organic farming village has been adopted in Bangund Kakapora which produces 1200 MT of vegetables in 400 kanals through 72 cluster members.
The Advisor impressed upon the officers to adopt the latest practices and use high yielding crops for better agricultural production. He further stressed to inform the farmer community regarding the use of bio pesticides and shifting towards organic culture. He added agriculture activities should be made sustainable and self reliant with an orientation towards adaptation of best and local practices.