Jammu and Kashmir News
SRINAGAR, JUNE 06: In a significant decision, the State Government today announced to build Cold Storage facilities, on priority basis, at fruit terminal markets of Parimpora, Sopore and Narwal for proper storage and better marketing of the fruit produce.
The decision was taken at the 5th State Agriculture Marketing Board meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister for Horticulture, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri here.
The Board also gave nod to construction of a new Fruit Mandi on Srinagar-Jammu national highway for marketing of dry fruit and saffron. It also approved construction of Packing and Grading Centers at Fruit Mandis of Parimpora, Sopore and Jablipora.
In another significant move, the meeting decided to establish J&K Horticulture Produce and Marketing (JKHPMC) offices at Lakhanpur and on Mughal Road to record inflow and outflow of fruit and vegetables and create a database regarding actual import and export of agriculture and horticulture commodities in and out of the State.
Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Production, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Managing Director JKHMPC, Director Finance Agriculture Production, Registrar Cooperative Societies, Chief Town Planner, Deputy General Manger NABARD, Deputy Directors Horticulture Planning and Marketing, President All Valley Fruit Growers and Dealers Union Kashmir, President Fruit Association Jammu besides other concerned officers and representatives of fruit associations attended the meeting.
The meeting also approved construction of Kissan Ghar at Raj Bagh and Guest House at Primpora terminal market.
The Board also approved construction of interpretation centers and plaza type gates in terminal Markets of Sopore, Parimpora and Narwal. Besides, it also decided to shift the traders of Fruit Mandi Ashajipora to Fruit Mandi Botingoo in district Anantnag.
The meeting also took some other decisions for lucrative marketing of the fruit and vegetables in and outside the State.
The meeting also deliberated on issues like transfer of forest land for expansion of Narwal Fruit Mandi, enhancement of size of dry fruit shopsites at Fruit Mandi Kupwara and transfer of JKHPMC land to HPM at Fruit Mandi Sopore.
The representatives of fruit associations hailed the innovative steps taken by the government for horticulture promotion during the past few months. They hailed the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Horticulture Minister, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri for evincing keen interest and taking tangible measures towards the development of horticulture industry in the State. They hoped that these substantive steps would go a long way in holistic development of the horticulture industry in the State.
Speaking on the occasion, the Horticulture Minister said that Mufti led government flagged top priority to the fruit industry in the State. He said innovative measures taken by the government would boost the horticulture sector add to the GDP of the State.
The Minister stressed on the need for a coordinated and collective approach to further streamline working of this vital department. He said the focus should be on development of new varieties of fruits, optimum use of land through high-density plantation of fruit crops, adoption of post harvest techniques like pre-cooling, sorting, grading, packaging etc and development of cold storage infrastructure and better and faster transportation facilities.
He asked the concerned to furnish a comprehensive proposal envisaging innovative policies and programmes to make the department more vibrant. He also called for reaping the benefits of various centrally sponsored schemes for strengthening and expanding the horticulture industry, so that the benefits of the scheme reach the needy.