For the implementation of various schemes Rs 38.26 crore have been spent during current financial year till February which include Rs 4.35 crore under Technology Mission and Rs 2.11 crore under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY). Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, who was addressing a high level review meeting of Horticulture, Floriculture and Horticulture Planning and Marketing departments at Srinagar, termed the horticulture as backbone of the state economy.
As per a statement the meeting was informed that about 23.68 lakh hectare have been covered under Fresh Fruit which include 15.73 hectare under apple plantation in J&K state while as dry fruit was grown on 11 lakh hectares including 93.64 thousand hectares of walnut and 16000 hectare Almond.
Regarding yearly production of fruit, the minister was informed that total fruit production in the state has risen to 17.42 lakh metric tons which include 2.17 lakh metric tons of dry fruit.
Reviewing Floriculture sector, the minister was informed that over Rs 5.27 crore have been spent on the execution and implement of various schemes to boost the floriculture sector in the state during 2012-13. While as the department has realized revenue of Rs 3.90 crore from various sources during last 11 months.
The Minister also reviewed the activities of Horticulture Planning and Marketing and was informed that Rs 10 crore has been spent on the implementation of various schemes during current financial year. He was informed that 36 Fruit Mandies are working in the state, which includes 9 Satellite Markets and 2 Terminal Markets.
Nazir Gurezi, the minister of state for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, urged officers to move from their officers to farms and gardens to deliver practical guidance about latest technologies to farmers and orchardists, besides ensure timely supply of pesticides and fertilizers. He said if people belong to new generation adopt agriculture and horticulture as profession, it would help to overcome ascending unemployment problem.
The Minister was informed that the department wass developing and maintaining parks and gardens in the state which gives boost to tourism in a big way. During last 4 years, various centrally sponsored schemes including Technology Mission and RKVY have been implemented to development Floriculture sector on commercial basis.
Nazir Gurezi was informed that one educated unemployed youth has adopted Floriculture as profession in Islamabad district and has grown flowers involving cost of Rs 40 lakhs.
Addressing the meeting, the Minister urged upon the officers to disseminate more and more information among farmers regarding various developmental schemes, using various means of communication including social media. He also asked them to facilitate all those farmers who are showing better performance in the farms by producing more crops so that inclination in other people is increased.