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Enhancement in subsidy by Rs 3,125 per Kanal has given hope to youth of J&K

Last Updated on March 8, 2022 at 8:17 pm

Horticulture is one of the important sectors of Jammu and Kashmir and contributes immensely to the economy here.

This sector strengthens the financial condition of people associated with it and also helps in poverty alleviation, employment generation and other developmental aspects of the Union Territory. The variety of horticultural products of J&K has earned world-wide fame because of its good quality and taste. The fruit crops grown here like apple, almonds, walnuts, pears, cherries and apricots in temperate areas and mango, citrus, litchi, papaya, guava etc in subtropical areas are known all over the globe. Saffron cultivation in Jammu and Kashmir is unique in the world as worlds finest saffron is produced here.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Horticulture is quietly showing progress as the yearly pay produced by the natural product industry has gotten over Rs 10,000 crore, contributing 8% to Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP). According to the public authority figures, 7.5 lakh families of around 35 lakh souls are associated with this sector.

This sector has emerged as one of the prime sectors for generating self employment avenues for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

Impressed by the rich quality of fruits produced in Jammu and Kashmir and having major demand in outside narkets, an ex-serviceman of Indian Navy from Kathua district Dheeraj Kumar has turned into an agripreneur. Kumar develops three assortments of strawberries – Camarosa, Winter Dawn and Nubila – at his fields estimating 22 kanals (2.75 sections of land) in his local Haripur town in Hiranagar line sub-division. Development of strawberries has arisen as a rewarding business suggestion for the cultivating local area here.

Kumar offers his thanks to the Kathua agriculture office for giving monetary as well as specialized help and backing, other than familiarizing him about a few tailor-made plans. Sharing his example of overcoming adversity, Kumar says he has employed 10 individuals for levelling, picking, packaging and transport purposes. He supplies strawberries to shopping centers and significant outlets in and around Pathankot and regions in the outskirts of Punjab connecting Kathua.

“I am also exploring the option of selling online. I am in talks with a few e-commerce platforms,” he says. A awardee of the Horticulture Expo Jammu Awards, Kumar says there was no thinking back after he decided on the best in class innovation viz drip irrigation, which besides lowering the water dependency, ensures more crop per drop. He expects to produce a yield of an amount of Rs 15-20 lakhs, which is in line with the prime minister’s vision of doubling farmers’ income. The enhancement of the subsidy amount to Rs 13,000 per kanal from the earlier ceiling of Rs 3,125 per kanal has come as a shot in the arm for newcomers like him.

Horticulture having ample opportunities for establishment of agro-industries and thereby generating sufficient employment avenues. The government of India as well as the J & K government is keen to expand the growth of the horticulture sector.