Veeri visits Gallander to identify site for Dry Fruit, Saffron Terminal Market


Jammu and Kashmir News

SRINAGAR, JULY 09: Minister for Horticulture, Mr Abdul Rehman Veeri today visited horticulture nursery near Gallander, Pampore to explore the possibility of establishing the proposed Terminal Market for dry fruits and saffron there.

The Minister sought the opinion of the horticulture experts regarding utilization of 30 kanals of land out of the existing nursery for the development of the proposed Terminal Market.

The Minister instructed the concerned officers to identify some more locations along the National highway, out of which one feasible site would be shortlisted development of the terminal market. He asked the officers concerned to approach the revenue authorities for identification and acquisition of the land that would then be transferred to the HP&M Department for early development of the terminal market.

The Minister said that the government is keen to develop a modern terminal market for better marketing of dry fruit and saffron produce. He said the terminal market will have shopping sites, retail shops, administrative block, wayside amenities, cafeteria, guest house and weighbridge besides other amenities.

The Minister said walnut and almonds were major dry fruits in the State, especially grown in hilly and backward areas, where economic condition of the people was extremely fragile. He said that special steps are being taken to further boost and provide better marketing facilities for the dry fruit and saffron produce in the State. He said latest techniques of walnut budding/grafting are being introduced which will help in reducing gestation period of this crop.

Mr Veeri said that government’s endeavor is to upgrade the marketing of fruit produce in the state adding that more fruit mandis and satellite markets would be constructed in potential areas. He said Rs 17 crore are being utilized for development of fruit and vegetable markets in the State during the current financial year.

Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, Director Horticulture Kashmir, Engineers and experts of the Department accompanied the Minister during the tour.

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