RAMBAN, July 20: Director Horticulture, Ram Sevak reviewed the progress of various developmental activities (Physical & Financial) being carried out under Capex/UT CSS in respect of Ramban district, here today.
Joint Director Horticulture Jammu CL Sharma, Chief Horticulture Officers of Ramban, Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, and Reasi were also present during the meeting.
The Chief Horticulture Officer Ramban, Anil Gorkha presented an overview of the district and apprised the chair about the achievements made under different ongoing Horticulture Developmental Schemes for the upliftment of the farming community.
Director Horticulture Jammu, while taking a review of the ongoing schemes, exhorted upon the field staff to organize awareness camps, ‘Kissan Goshtis, etc. to ensure better implementation of schemes especially Area Expansion and ensure availability of quality plant material to the farming community for establishment of new orchards.
He emphasised to glamorize the horticulture profession, so that the farming community make a shift from traditional horticulture to smart horticulture by adopting the latest innovations like Modified High Density Plantation, Strawberry cultivation, Micro-irrigation technologies, Protected Cultivation techniques, Organic farming, Custom Hiring Centres, Farm Mechanization etc.
The Director also stressed upon the formation of Farmers Producers Organization (FPO’s) in the district so that the farmers can get good returns after proper value addition of their produce. Further, he instructed them to motivate farmers to take the benefits of the NHB schemes and Agriculture Infrastructure Fund.
Later, he inspected the developmental activities in the ACHD farm at Ramban and issued on spot instructions to the concerned for optimum utilization of land in the farm for production of quality planting material.