Horticulture Deptt holds meeting on CA storage capacity

Secretary Agriculture Shabnam Kamili addressing the gathering.
Secretary Agriculture Shabnam Kamili addressing the gathering.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 31: With a view to coordinate among all stakeholders and efficiently move forward in fast bridging the gap in the infrastructural requirements for CA Storage in the UT of J&K, a one-day meet on CA Storage Logistics was organized today by the Department of Horticulture Planning and Marketing, J&K under the guidance of Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner (Addl Chief Secretary), Agriculture Production Department.
The meet was participated by all stakeholders from the Government Departments/ Agencies, Banks and Financial Institutions, Industry Representative Bodies, Fruit Associations and potential investors in this sector from within and outside the UT of J&K.
Vikas Sharma, Director Horticulture Planning and Marketing, J&K, in his welcome address, informed that J&K is the leading producer of apples in the country with large varietal spectrum and harvest ranging from July till November, besides having a unique position in the global market.
“To ensure the availability of quality apples throughout the year and provide best returns to the producers, we endeavour to augment our CA storage capacity in a big way,” he maintained. He further shared that, currently, they have around Two Lakh MT of installed CA Storage capacity in J&K and to meet the requirements of CA Storage, they shall be hand-holding and facilitating potential investors from within and outside the UT.
Mehmood Ahmad, Director Industries and Commerce, Kashmir brought out a detailed account of Industrial policy, Procedures and Schemes of the government. G.M. Mir, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, delineated on the key features of the Scheme under MIDH to assist the CA Stores investors. Besides, CA Storage Schemes implemented by the National Horticulture Board were explained by the Deputy Director NHB, Sansar Ahmed. Procedure for allotment of industrial land and concessions which can be availed for land in estates of SIDCO and SICOP were highlighted by the General Managers. NABARD, JKB and SBI also shared their policies for assistance for CA stores.
Chief Guest, Shabnam Kamili, Secretary Agriculture Production said that the government is keen to promote private investments in setting uplogistics facilities by providing incentives and simplifying the regulatory environment. It will enable the development of high-class logistics infrastructure in J&K and create new business opportunities and in the long run enable the farmer to reap maximum benefits out of his produce.
She informed that the meet was organized to bring all stakeholders at one platform and to devise a roadmap which shall result in expeditious, hassle-free and conducive environment for establishing the CA storage logistics at suitable locations in the entire J&K.