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CM for enhancing allocation to horticulture sector

Horticulture Minister Syed BasharatBukhari, Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu and Minister of State for Horticulture PriyaSethi were present in the meeting, according to an official spokesperson.
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Jammu | Posted : Nov 15 2017 2:03AM | Updated: Nov 15 2017 12:01AM
CM for enhancing allocation to horticulture sector
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Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has stressed on the need to enhance the allocation for horticulture sector in view of its contribution to the state economy besides involvement of a large chunk of population with the trade.

Chairing a meeting to review the implementation of various schemes in horticulture here today, the chief minister flagged interventions which are critical for the growth of the industry. She said raising more allied infrastructure, introduction of high yielding varieties, good connectivity to orchards to cut down the overhead costs, availability of cold chain and good marketing are the areas which need to be given thrust to take horticulture sector to a level where it can optimally tap the fruit requirement at the national level.

Horticulture Minister Syed BasharatBukhari, Finance Minister Haseeb A Drabu and Minister of State for Horticulture PriyaSethi were present in the meeting, according to an official spokesperson.

Mehbooba Mufti underscored the need for introduction of high yielding varieties in view of their high yielding capacity by gradual phasing out of old orchards. For this, she advised the concerned departments to adopt a joint mechanism with which the farmers could be incentivised and persuaded to take up plantation of new varieties.

The chief minister also underscored the need for connecting fruit orchards to main highways to cut down the overhead cost of inputs and produce. She asked for dovetailing schemes of MGNREGA, Horticulture, NABARD and other agencies for raising facilities of good roads touching orchards, better irrigation facilities and availability of quality material to farmers. She also laid emphasis on developing terminal facilities of cold storage and better carrying capacity to take the fruit to terminal mandies at the appropriate time.

Mehbooba Mufti also reviewed the progress on the high-density apple plantation, walnut industry and the village specific fruit schemes launched last year. She directed converging Apple Year campaign with tourism campaigns to make apple industry of the state another attraction for visitors.