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Comm Secy Floriculture inaugurates training prog for growers, entrepreneurs at Chadoora

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BUDGAM: Commissioner Secretary Floriculture, Parks and Gardens, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, today visited Budgam and inaugurated an awareness cum training programme on Commercial Floriculture for growers and entrepreneurs at Kanira Park in Chadoora block.

The programme was organised by District Floriculture Office under the ongoing Jan Abhiyan (B2V4) programme in the district.

Among others, Director Floriculture, Farooq Ahmad Rather, Deputy Director, Shahid Rasool, District Floriculture Officer, Mazhar Mustafa, and other officers were present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Commissioner Secretary deliberated upon various schemes including MIDH, RKVY and ATMA. He urged the unemployed youth and aspiring entrepreneurs to register themselves under these schemes to start their own businesses in aromatic plant cultivation, cut flower and ornamental nurseries for their as well as others employment and revenue generation.

He impressed upon the officers to carry out intensive training, exposure and awareness across the district to reach out to a maximum number of growers attracting them towards highly profitable cultivation including lavender, Bulgarian and Kashmiri rose farming.

He also spoke about the facilities and incentives being provided by the department to the growers under various schemes.

Commissioner Secretary said that the department is strengthening the floriculture network by introducing new technologies, extending handholding to growers and creating market linkages for floriculture products at domestic and international markets.

Various resource persons, who spoke on the occasion, gave awareness about online registration of flower growers, the establishment of 24× 7 helplines, technical guidance to the public and related issues.

Scores of floriculture growers participated in this training cum awareness camp and discussed various things related to commercial floriculture.

Besides, several successful entrepreneurs shared their expertise and experience and urged aspiring entrepreneurs to adopt farming for better a living.

Director Floriculture, who also spoke on the occasion, informed about various schemes and incentives being provided to farmers by the department.

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