Measures afoot to revamp walnut industry: Basharat

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 16: In bid to boost horticulture sector of the State, Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari today said that multi-pronged approach needs to be adopted for ensuring better yield, brand building and marketing of the walnut produces across the State.
The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of officers to review measures to be taken to revitalizes walnut industry of the State.
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Kashmir Nazeer Ahmad, Secret-ary Horticulture Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Director Horticul-ture Planning and Management Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, Director CITH Dr Desh Beer Singh, Director Horticulture Jammu Bhawani Rakwa, CHO Baramulla Saif-ud-din and various other concerned officials were present in the meeting.
Seeking details regarding the status of fruit nurseries and presence of walnut species in these nurseries, the Minister was informed that there is need for developing controlled atmosphere conditions for walnut propagate sapling to yield better fruit.
The Minister directed that Horticulture Department, SKUAST and CITH to take measures to develop three nurseries on modern with  scientific inputs, besides constituting core group committee officials from each department who will look after the process of developing these nurseries in a balanced and controlled manner.
Director CITH apprised the Minister about the various activities performed by the department, besides distribution of plants to improve the horticulture scenario of the State.
Bukhari directed the Director CITH for submitting a detailed report regarding the plant distribution.
He said that the Government has undertaken a holistic programme for ensuring the equitable and sustainable development of horticulture sector in the state. He said that Government has recently made HPMC Zero Debt and there is need for making the Corporation vibrant by taking innovative and sustainable measures.
Bukhari also directed the concerned for submitting a detailed report regarding the nutritional and medicinal value of fruits found across the State.
The Minister said that the Government is committed to achieve the objectives to enhance the production and productivity of quality fruit crops in the State to compete in the national and international markets with highest employment opportunities in horticulture sector.


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