J&K , the heaven on the earth has unleashed potential ,infused in apple orchards and nuts bageechas to harvest good benefits to the mankind. After the abrogation of 370A all eyes are on the factvto develop the valley in sustainable way so that it concord well with the mainstream.
Principal Secretary, Horticulture, Agriculture Production and Farmers’ Welfare Departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary chaired a State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) meeting at the Civil Secretariat here today. The meeting was called by Department of Horticulture regarding approval of projects under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
The principal secretary heading the meeting examine about the feasibility, Cost and management protocols needed to plant the new setup in the valley.
One food processing and 4 Controlled environment storage projects are being approved in toto.
Navin Choudhary hailed that walnut processing and high density orchards have great untapped potential to give boost to our economy and generate a number of jobs. Establishing a robust food processing industry in J&K is the need of the hour, he added.
The meeting was attended by DG Planning, S Bilal Ahmad; Director Floriculture, KS Chib; Director Planning, Forests, Parvaiz Handoo; Director Horticulture (P&M), Ram Savak; Special Secretary (I&C), Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Additional Secretary Horticulture, Jahangir Hashmi; Joint Director (P), Subash Chander; Joint Director Agriculture Jammu, KK Sharma; Assistant Director Research, SKUAST Jammu, Pardeep Wali.
Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat and Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mohammad Iqbal Choudhary attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Post accredition of Union Territory capacity to J&K, the development works are at its boom, all the civilians and regime of government are zooming in and out various possibilities and feasibilities of the development works and bringing them onto the plate at a rapid pace. Valley is all set to be the hub of apple and walnut processing units sooner than later.