SRINAGAR: The Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal today inspected various procedures involved in raising of vegetable seedlings under controlled conditions, raising of vegetable seedlings in poly pouches and recently introduced growing of seedlings organically in coco peat trays at Kitchen Garden Lalmandi.
While interacting with the officers and officials of the scheme, the Director said that Hi-Tech and precision farming methods are being encouraged under a multiple strategy to promote kitchen gardening and to cover maximum area under vegetable cultivation in Kashmir valley. He said that the Agriculture department has undertaken a Valley wide installation of the green house technology for protected cultivation of vegetable seedlings so as to enhance its production for meeting out the demands in the local market. Iqbal said the Agriculture department is in mission mode to promote the vegetable sector of the Valley and aims at providing more and more vegetable seedlings to the growers for achieving self-sufficiency in vegetable cultivation. He said that the vegetable cultivation can be adopted for commercial purposes as it has a good potential of employment generation and unemployed youth of Kashmir with the help of modern technologies and suitable agro climatic conditions for vegetable cultivation can take this sector to new heights.
On the occasion, Seed Production Officer of the department, Manzoor Ahmad Shah informed that the kitchen Garden scheme is upgraded to register maximum number of growers to undertake this particular activity.