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High-Density Apple Plantation gaining momentum in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, on Tuesday said that the government is promoting Horticulture by all means and asserted that High-Density Apple Plantation is gaining momentum.

While sharing information, he said that during the last 4 years more than 10,000 kanals of land have been used for high-density Plantation.

In this regard, with a 50 % subsidy, 350 nurseries have been registered to have a capacity of growing 10 lacs saplings per year, he added.

In order to check the quality of pesticides and fertilizer,  Labs have been established Govt besides the soil testing lab at Shopian started to minimize production costs.

Moreover, Div Com said that with subsidy grants from Central Govt, 2 Lac Ton capacity cold stores were created recently.

Also, in order to give minimum assured prices to apple, procurement through NAFED was done for two years, he stated.

He further asserted that all these concrete supportive steps has resulted in an increase in the production of apple, as a result, this year Kashmir is posed to break all records of production which may touch 21 Lac Metric Ton.

The ultimate objective is to ensure a doubling of farmers’ income, Div Com said.

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