Srinagar: Agriculture Department today organized sale of vegetable seedlings at Kitchen Garden Nursery Lalmandi, Srinagar.
The sale proceedings which were kick started by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi witnessed huge rush of vegetable growers from Srinagar and adjacent areas.
The officials informed that the high quality seedlings of G. M. Dari Saag that were put on sale were grown under controlled environmental conditions with complete hygiene and disease free atmosphere. Interacting with the growers, Director Agriculture Kashmir said that the department is committed to promote the Kitchen Garden Scheme and aims at providing quality vegetable seedlings to achieve self-sufficiency in vegetables. He said that the department is providing quality and healthy seedlings, to growers and makes vegetable growing sector a remunerative venture.
He impressed upon the officers to promote the kitchen gardening in such a way that the growers get more benefits from the scheme. Andrabi said vegetable production not only contributes to the daily consumption of population, but it can be adopted for commercial purpose as well. He said vegetable cultivation has a good potential of employment generation and the unemployed youth of the Valley with the help of modern technology and suitable agro-climatic conditions for vegetable cultivation in the Valley, can take it to new heights.
Seed Production Officer Manzoor Ahmad Shah, Incharge Kitchen Garden Scheme Altaf Ahmad, other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.
Growers and Kitchen Gardeners appreciated the efforts of the department for timely availability of G.M.Dari Saag seedlings.