Dir Horticulture flags off exposure tour of farmers

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 13: About 30 farmers were today flagged off on an exposure tour to Punjab from the office of Directorate of Horticulture, Jammu.
The tour was flagged off by Director Horticulture, Jammu, Anuradha Gupta along with Kirtan Singh, Chief Horticulture Officer, Jammu and other senior officers of the department including HDO Khour, Sandeep Sharma. The tour has been organized by Department of Horticulture, Jammu district under MIDH scheme and ATMA scheme.
Anuradha Gupta, while interacting with the farmers on the occasion, said that the tour has been organized for acquainting the farmers with modern techniques for Commercial Horticulture, emerging trends in horticulture farming and cultivation of different fruit trees on scientific lines.
She impressed upon the farmers to interact with the scientists, experts and extension functionaries to get up to date methodology in cultivation of trees on scientific lines. She asked the farmers to enhance their technical skills in the field of Integrated Horticulture Farming and to adopt the advanced technology for cultivation of latest, hybrid and high yielding fruit trees.
Giving details of the three-day tour, Kirtan Singh said that the group of 30 farmers from different blocks of Jammu district will visit Litchi and Mango orchards in Gurdaspur and Jalandhar districts of Punjab and also interact with local farmers. After that, farmers shall attend the training and guest lectures at Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, regarding latest techniques being developed and implemented in subtropical horticulture farming.
He said that three officials of the department including Horticulture Department Officer, Khour, Sandeep Sharma, are accompanying the farmers on the tour.