Director Horticulture visits Anantnag, interacts with fruit growers, traders

Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan interacting with fruit traders in Anantnag.
Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan interacting with fruit traders in Anantnag.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 4: Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan today visited Anantnag district where he interacted with the fruit growers, traders and other related persons so that the department can further enhance its reach for the sake of being more beneficial to the community and be part of their success.
At Fruit & Vegetable Market Jablipora, Director had detailed interaction with growers and traders about the ways and means of further improvements in the fruit packing, grading and trading so that more benefits are achieved for the community.
A number of issues raised by the association members and others were part of discussion also which included the allotment of shop sites and functioning of Terminal Market Jablipora. They also asked for construction of brickwall, drainage and Auction Phase 3 in Batingoo Mandi. Director Horticulture assured the traders that all their demands would be met within a time period of three months.
The Director met Deputy Commissioner (DC) Anantnag for the resolution of a long pending issue of the demarcation of the land at F&V Market Jablipora. The DC assured the Director of taking up the matter on priority so that a proper demarcation of the land is conducted at the earliest. Mahajan also raised the issue of cleanliness of Fruit & Vegetable Mandi Batingo with the DC who assured to look into the issue and full cooperation from the administration
Among the major apprehensions of the growers/traders was regarding the reduction of land allotted to Mandi and the adaptation of transparent means for allotment of shop sites in the Mandi so that nobody is aggrieved. Addressing the concerns of the growers/traders and various associations, Director Horticulture (P&M) proposed that a re-verification of the already received applications may be carried out.
Director during his interaction emphasized on the growers/traders to bring in constructive changes in accordance with the changing world around. He particularly spoke about the importance of e-NAM platform which provides a direct access to a grower with the buyer, resulting in the eradication of unnecessary role of middlemen.