DG Horticulture and an IFAD delegation visit high-density apple orchards


DG Horticulture and an IFAD delegation visit high-density apple orchards


posted on May 15, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, May 14: Director General of Horticulture of Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, accompanied by a delegation from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), paid an in-depth visit to various parts of the valley on Saturday.

The IFAD team was led by its Country Coordinator for India, Meera Mishra and Srikant Shetty Consultant IFAD.

The said visit is the culmination of the meeting of the IFAD team with Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner (Deputy Chief Secretary) of the Department of Agricultural Production.

The team visited the Center of Excellence in Zawoora and held detailed deliberations on the fruit crops grown there. The team appreciated the Department’s efforts to establish the Centre.

Later, the team visited various high density apple orchards in Pulwama district and interacted with arborists and discussed the impact of high density planting on apple production and quality and consequent turning of the farming community’s economy.

The team also visited various post-harvest facilities such as CA Store, Grading Lines, Food Processing Units, etc.

Speaking on the motive for the visit, Meera Mishra advocated for the upliftment of the rural poor by exploring the funding avenues that will transform the scenario of the rural area.

It should be mentioned that the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) invests in rural populations, giving them the means to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes.

The General Manager thanked the delegation and hoped it would help uplift the farming community and assured the whole corporation of the department for the noble cause.

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