SRINAGAR: In a ground-breaking development at the Agriculture Extension Office in Kishtwar, Deputy Commissioner Dr Devansh Yadav unveiled the state-of-the-art Indoor Saffron Cultivation Technology. This significant leap forward holds promise for transforming saffron cultivation practices in the region, presenting a noteworthy milestone in the agricultural sector.
The event also witnessed the presence of Chief Agriculture Officer, Amjad Hussain Malik, and DAO, Sanjay Sharma, along with beneficiary farmers who stand to benefit immensely from this technological advancement.
Under the Skill Development program , the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, District Kishtwar has realised the project with an estimated cost of Rs 1.35 lakh, under the SANKALP Scheme.
Each of the 9 beneficiary farmers on the occasion, received 25 Kgs of Saffron Corms, racks, and trays, completely free of cost during the event.
This support aims to empower local farmers and encourage the adoption of advanced saffron cultivation techniques, addressing the climatic challenges prevalent in the region.
At the launching ceremony, the Deputy Commissioner engaged with saffron growers, highlighting the potential benefits of Indoor Saffron Cultivation Technology. This innovative approach promises to revolutionise saffron cultivation, offering growers enhanced efficiency and productivity in the face of climate uncertainty, irrigation deficit and cultivation spaces in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner urged the saffron growers to refrain from engaging in illicit trading and the unauthorised export of Saffron Corn from the district. “Such activities pose a significant threat to the district’s saffron cultivation practices as it would also contribute to the depletion of indigenous, high-quality saffron , exacerbating the already existing shortage,” he said.
In his call for responsible and ethical saffron trade, the Deputy Commissioner emphasised the importance of preserving the district’s reputation for producing exceptional saffron, which is crucial for sustaining the livelihoods of local farmers and ensuring the long-term prosperity of the saffron cultivation in Kishtwar.