3000 hectare more area brought under vegetable cultivation in Baramulla

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Baramulla, Aug 12: With 3000 hectare more area brought under vegetable cultivation, the vegetable production has witnessed over 1000 metric tones (MT) in this north Kashmir district, an official spokesman said Wednesday evening.

He said  area expansion in vegetable cultivation proving would prove a  game changer in economic sustainability of farmers.

He said  Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Navin Choudhary today maintained that area under vegetable cultivation should be increased as it has a great potential in Kashmir valley and it will prove a game changer in the economic sustainability of farmers.

Principal Secretary said this during his visit to Vegetable Cluster, Janbazpora, Baramulla.

Mr Choudhary said that it has been observed that  impact of area expansion for vegetable cultivation is helping marginal farmers and making them economically better. He added that convergence of different departments is of paramount importance in the years to come as it will prove beneficial in implementing various schemes on the ground.

Principal Secretary further said that the growth impact of the project is likely to be long lasting and multi fold. He added that the new areas are being brought under vegetable cultivation and the intervention in Kashmir has lead to an increase in Area under vegetables from 48000 hectare to 51000 hectare and increase in production from 1536 MTs to 1638 MTs.

During interaction with the progressive farmers of the cluster, Principal Secretary assured them that all possible help will be provided to safeguard their interests regarding the production and marketing of their produce.

He directed the Officers of the department to put in all efforts to promote organic farming and work on getting Geographical Indication (GI) for the organic produce.  He urged to create Farm Produce Organisations (FPOs) at block level with different areas of specialization for maximizing profits.

Choudhary asked District Development Commissioner Baramulla to identify land along the highway so that few shops are established and the growers are facilitated to sell their produce.

During the visit Director Agriculture gave a detailed presentation regarding various farmer friendly initiatives being taken by the department to change the overall agricultural scenario of district Baramulla.

 

 

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