KISHTWAR : To address the problems of the farming community, Director Horticulture Jammu Ram Savak today conducted a whirlwind tour of District Kishtwar.
During the tour, he inaugurated a Mega Awareness Camp at Dachhan, a far flung area of the District in the presence of Chief Horticulture Officer, Mushtaq Wani, DLSMS Ramban, Pardeep Gupta, Tehsildar Kishtwar, PRI Members, and other officers & officials of the department. Over more than 100 farmers, including women participated in the camp.
Addressing a large gathering of farmers, the Director Horticulture Jammu briefed the farmers about the various centrally sponsored schemes of the department and urged them to associate with the horticulture department and avail the benefits on different components viz Bore Well, water harvesting tanks, Drip irrigation, Custom Hiring Centres, vermicompost units, protected cultivation, Strawberry plantation, tools & implements etc.
He also laid emphasis on planting High Density Plants in their fields so as to get more income from the same area in order to double their income.
He said that the district has a great potential for horticulture, which must be tapped and appealed to the PRI and field functionaries to work in tandem for doubling the farmers income with special focus on area expansion, establishment of solar dryers and processing units. The farmers also put forward their various demands and sought availability of plant protection chemicals in their area. The director vehemently assured them and also instructed the CHO Kishtwar to sort out the issue immediately.
The farmers of Dachhan area appreciated the Department of Horticulture for taking lead in organizing such a mega awareness camp in this far flung area and demanded to organize more such camps.
Earlier, the Chief Horticulture Officer, Kishtwar welcomed the Director Horticulture Jammu and impressed upon the farmers to avail the benefits of different farmer friendly schemes of the department and enhance their income.
DL Subject Matter Specialist, Ramban also gave tips to the farmers about the various problems including insect-pest diseases, fruit drop, technical operations etc. being faced by the farmers in their orchards.
Later, the Director Horticulture started the plantation drive by planting a sapling of High Density apple plant.