Terming farmer heart and trader mind of horticulture sector, the Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari Sunday said that the government has undertaken a holistic programme for ensuring equitable and sustainable development of horticulture sector in the state.
Bukhari according to spokesman said this during his extensive tour to South Kashmir to review the functioning of horticulture department in the area.
During his tour, Bukhari visited Bindu Zalangam Walnut Hulling Plant and was informed that the Plant is spread over 29 kanals of land and despite of installation of required machinery the Plant is non-functional.
He directed the concerned for deputing a team of experts who will submit a detailed report along with suggestive measures within 15 days so that Plant can be made fully functional.
Bukhari also inspected the fruit plantation in and around the Plant premises and directed the concerned that the existing plantation of the plants should be taken under organic farming practices for which Horticulture Department will submit a detailed report.
He also visited Fruit Plant Nursery Villoo which is spread over 40 kanals of land.
Bukhari, spokesman said directed for uploading data of fruit plant varieties on the website of Horticulture Department and for maintaining gene bank of traditional fruit varieties.
On the occasion, MLA Kokernag raised the demand for renovation of Hut and entrance gate of the Fruit Plant Nursery.