Union Jt Secy Hort visits IIKSTC Dusoo , IGC Lassipora

Union Joint Secretary Horticulture during visit to IIKSTC Dusoo & IGC Lassipora.
Union Joint Secretary Horticulture during visit to IIKSTC Dusoo & IGC Lassipora.

Excelsior Correspondent

PULWAMA, Sept 21: Union Joint Secretary Horticulture, Department, Priya Ranjan, today visited India International Kashmir Saffron Trade Centre (IIKSTC), Dusoo Pampore and IGC Lassipora, Pulwama.
He inspected different sections of IIKSTC and was briefed by the concerned officers regarding various facilities available there like preserving, grading, packing, labelling, processing, marketing for the concerned saffron farmers.
While addressing the meeting, Union Joint secretary reiterated Governments commitment towards development of saffron sector. He said the GI tagging of Kashmir saffron has increased its significance in national as well as global markets.
He took a detailed review about the current status of saffron production, marketing facilities being provided to saffron growers. He impressed upon the concerned officers to ensure optimum use of different facilities available at the IIKSTC. He asked the management of IIKSTC to maximise awareness among the saffron growers.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal gave a detailed presentation of saffron sector and the interventions by the department for the promotion of saffron sector. He also briefed the Union Joint Secretary regarding the functioning of India International Kashmir Saffron Trade Centre.
Later, Priya Ranjan along with Mission Director MIDH /Director Horticulture, Kashmir, GR Mir visited I.G.C. Lassipora, Pulwama, to inspect various Cold Storage facilities being established under the Mission.
During the visit, Union Joint Secretary inspected various C.A stores and took stock of functioning of the units. He enjoined upon the entrepreneurs to work for harnessing potential of this sector for its growth and employment generation.
He requested all the interested entrepreneurs to invest in the Horticulture sector for creation and establishment of infrastructure to facilitate the farming community with raw materials and its value addition for earning better livelihood through this sector.