Jammu and Kashmir government would now seek technical expertise from Netherlands in introducing high density fruit plants in the state. Netherlands would also help J&K set up two new Centres of Excellence to give fillip to the Horticulture produce in the state.
A high level meeting was held between the officers of State government and representatives of Netherland government under the chairmanship of Minister for Horticulture, Abdul Rehman Veeri here today, in which Agriculture Councilor of Netherlands, Wouter Verhey, Deputy Agriculture Councilor, Anand Krishnan, Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production department, Mohammad Ashraf Bukhari, Director Horticulture, Kashmir and Jammu Provinces, besides Director Finance Agriculture Department participated.
The Dutch Agriculture Councilor assured the State government of full support to boost the Horticulture sector and said that the Minister that Netherlands government is ready to extend technological know-how, farm machinery and elite planting material for agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and dairy farming to Jammu and Kashmir. He said that his experts would visit Kashmir soon to provide technical guidance for setting up of Centres of Excellences and high density fruit plants in the State. He also presented a memento as a token of love from his country to the Horticulture Minister.
The Horticulture Minister briefed them about the rich horticulture potential of Jammu and Kashmir and said that previously tourism was thought to be the only thrust area for the state economy but horticulture is now being given due focus because of its tremendous potential for employment generation and economic revival.
The Minister said the new rootstocks will help improve the production of different fruits and will play pivotal role in replacing the old and senile orchards, adding it will improve the overall economy of the growers.The agriculture Councilor to the Netherlands government assured that sufficient support for the production of quality planting material of high density fruit shall be made available by the Dutch experts.