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Director Horticulture Jammu inaugurates Mega Awareness Camp
9/23/2022 10:38:50 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Sept 23: Director Horticulture Jammu Ram Savak (JKAS), today on Friday inaugurated one day Mega Farmers Awareness cum Interaction Programme at Chief Horticulture Complex, Poonch, organized by Chief Horticulture officer Poonch Sanjeev Karlupia. Director Horticulture Jammu, the chief guest on the occasion was accompanied by Managing Director, Indo-Dutch Horticulture Technologies Sudhir Chadha while DDC Vice chairperson Mohd. Ashfaq and Ex MLC Jahangir Mir were the guest of honours on the occasion wherein more than 300 progressive orchardists/farmers including women participated. HDO'S of all the Horticulture Zones along with field functionaries of the department were also present on the occasion.
Addressing a large gathering of farmers / fruit growers, the director stressed the need to encourage Modified High Density Plantation in the area and adopt cluster approach to establish new orchards. He impressed upon the women participants to come forward, adopt fruit and vegetable preservation as a profession and establish new preservation and dry fruit processing units under the PMFME scheme, a land mark initiative of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, with more than 50% financial assistance from the department as the govt. is very keen to promote this sector. It will not only provide employment, but also play an important role in enhancing the family income. He also held discussions with the PRI members/ farmers, gave a patient hearing to the demands and problems being faced by them and assured them of every possible help from the department.
The Diretor also deliberated on Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, (AIF) which aims at providing a financing facility through interest subvention and credit guarantee support on loans for creation of post harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets. He exhorted upon farmers to bring soil samples of their orchards to know about the health of the soil by getting soil health cards and also bring infected twigs to the departmental laboratory to know about the disease causing agent and its remedial measures.
While speaking on the occasion, Sudhir Chadha (MD) Indo Dutch Horticulture technologies Pvt. Ltd Uttrakhand focused on the Modified Ultra High density plantation and about ways and means to uplift Horticulture in district Poonch which has very great potential. He said that it is a pleasure for him to help farmers in every regard related to the plantation of establishment of UHD orchards.
Earlier, Cheif Horticulture officer Poonch welcomed Director Horticulture Jammu and briefed about the status of various ongoing works in the district. He explained in detail the developmental schemes of the department and discussed the incentives being provided to the orchardists for upliftment of their socio economic status.
Later, Director Horticulture Sh. Ram Savak distributes sanctions for establishment of processing units and other components under different departmental schemes to the beneficiaries. He also distributes certificates to the women entrepreneurs for completing successfully one month training programme in fruit and vegetable preservation.
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