Govt approves setting up of 2 Centers of Excellence in horticulture sector

Netherlands to provide technical know-how for the pupose

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 18: Minister for Horticulture, Hajj and Auqaf, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri today directed the Horticulture Department to go ahead with the establishment of two Centers of Excellence in two capital cities of the State. He said these elite Centers would come up at a cost of Rs 20 crore.

“The move is aimed at acquainting the farmers and fruit growers about latest technical know-how of horticulture cultivation for better and quality produce in the State,” the Minister added.

The direction in this regard was given by the Minister in a meeting held with the officers of Horticulture Department and representative of Netherlands here today.

The Horticulture Minister said that government’s endeavor is to give fresh imputes to the horticulture sector in the State and has taken some innovative measures to be implemented gradually. He said two courses in Horticulture sector through Government-owned ITIs will be introduced soon to cater to the manpower requirement.

Veeri said government would also establish Model villages for apple, mango, kin now and apricot fruits in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh Divisions respectively.

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