Director Horticulture visits fruit & vegetable markets at Shopian, Kulgam

Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan during visit to a fruit & vegetable market.
Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan during visit to a fruit & vegetable market.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 25: Director Horticulture (P&M) Vishesh Mahajan continuing with the programme of reviewing developmental work of fruit and vegetable markets, today visited Shopian and Kulgam districts along with departmental officers as well as engineering wing.
During the visit to mega fruit & vegetable market Aglar Shopian, Fruit Association members apprised the Director about the burning issues in the mandi which need immediate redressal by the department.
The long pending issue of traffic jam that would hamper the smooth movement of fruit trucks was resolved on the spot with directions that the market will establish separate gates for entry and exit which will mitigate the pending issue.
Fruit Association members raised the issue of allotment of shop sites in the market to which Director assured them that the issue will be resolved very soon.
The Director during the meeting asked for the demarcation of the mandi premises so that the land and property will be safeguarded from illegal encroachments.
The growers and traders raised an important issue of construction of a protection bund from the river side which comes under Tariq road project, but on enquiry Director was apprised that no funds were available with the concerned department for the job.
On this, Director Horticulture (P&M) promised to raise the issue of protection bund with Principal Secretary Navin Kumar Choudhary as soon as possible.
While reviewing the developmental works in the Mandi, the Director emphasized on proper drainage system inside the mandi in order to encourage water recycling and rain harvesting.
The major demand of the growers and traders was of macadamination of markets roads was attended to by the Director who assured them that the work will be taken up for execution in coming months on full scale.
While addressing the trading community, Director advised them to start their business activity in the online mode for which he asked them to register their businesses on the E-nam portal as early as possible. Director also highlighted the benefits of trading online and the vast field it opens for the growers as well as traders. Director also proposed to establish one grading line and a pack house at the old fruit and vegetable market at Arhama.
Later, Director Horticulture also visited Kulgam market where he also had a detailed interaction with the farming community about their issues as well as a comprehensive review of activities going on in the fruit and vegetable market.