'Mango Show' in­au­gu­rated at Ab­hi­nav The­atre

'JK to have a Hor­ti­cul­ture Pol­icy soon'

The Northlines - - STATE -

NL Cor­re­spon­dent Jammu Tawi, Jul 23

JAMMU, JULY 23: Min­is­ter for Hor­ti­cul­ture, Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari and Min­is­ter of State for Ed­u­ca­tion, Tourism and Hor­ti­cul­ture, Priya Sethi in­au­gu­rated di­vi­sional level Mango Fruit Show at Ab­hi­nav The­atre, here to­day.

Vice Chair­man Hor­ti­cul­ture De­vel­op­ment Board, Ab­dul Salam Reshi, Sec­re­tary Hor­ti­cul­ture, M H Ma­lik, Di­rec­tor Hor­ti­cul­ture Jammu, Bhawani Rak­wal be­sides se­nior func­tionar­ies of Hor­ti­cul­ture De­part­ment were present on the oc­ca­sion.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Bukhari said the gov­ern­ment is work­ing un­der a well knit strat­egy to pro­vide im­proved mar­ket­ing fa­cil­i­ties to the farm­ers adding that suit­able mar­kets will pro­vide fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity and ben­e­fit farm­ers im­mensely. Stress­ing on cre­at­ing on­line mar­kets for farm­ers, the Min­is­ter said that the gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to set up on­line mar­kets through­out the state so that farm­ers will get good buy­ers for their produce. The Min­is­ter said that the issue of high den­sity mango cul­ti­va­tion has al­ready been dis­cussed with Union Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and a com­pre­hen­sive re­port will soon be pre­sented to the centre in this re­gard.

As­sur­ing req­ui­site mea­sures to pro­mote the hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor and en­sure bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties to the farm­ers, the Min­is­ter said that a com­pre­hen­sive Hor­ti­cul­ture pol­icy is on anvil for the state and a com­mit­tee has al­ready been con­sti­tuted to prepare a com­plete re­port on the same.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Priya Sethi said that hor­ti­cul­ture is the back­bone of our econ­omy and an in­clu­sive mech­a­nism will be put in place to fa­cil­i­tate and award farm­ers with in­cen­tives like other states. She thanked the centre gov­ern­ment for sanc­tion­ing Rs 500 crore for Hor­ti­cul­ture de­vel­op­ment in the state and said that with op­ti­mal uti­liza­tion of the funds and syn­er­gized ef­forts of all stake­hold­ers hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tor will reach new heights.

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