SRINAGAR, JULY 2: Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Vivek Agarwal, today visited and inspected the functioning of Centre of Excellence at Zawoora, Srinagar.
Pertinently, Centre of Excellence has been established with an aim to improve the production and productivity including the quality parameters of various fruit crops grown under Valley conditions with adoption of the latest techniques which are being demonstrated at the Centre. This CoE serves as a demonstration and training centre as well as a source of planting material to the orchardists of the valley.
Additional Secretary took stock of facilities being available in the Center like production of micro-irrigation, high-tech greenhouse technology, tissue culture labs, bio-control labs and weather forecasting station.
Vivek Agarwal expressed satisfaction over the activities and achievements of the Centre of Excellence towards streamlining the Horticulture sector in the Valley. He assured that all possible help from the government of India shall be extended to establish more such Centres of Excellence in the private sector in the Union Territory.
Director General Horticulture and Mission Director MIDH, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat briefed the Additional Secretary about the activities and mode of execution of the project.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Deputy Director Central, Chief Horticulture Officer Srinagar and other senior officers were present during the visit.