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Holistic Agri Dev Prog: ACS flags off consignment of vegetable seedlings for Gurez

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SRINAGAR: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo, today flagged off a consignment of vegetable seedlings of tomato, brinjal, chillies, kale, saag khanyari, red cabbage, green cabbage for Gurez under Holistic Agriculture Development Programme (HADP).

Speaking on the occasion, ACS said that efforts are being made for vertical and horizontal expansion of vegetable cultivation and this consignment was part of that. He said that the department is endeavouring to extend vegetable cultivation to far-flung areas of J&K and sending the first consignment of vegetable seedlings to Gurez is one such step in this direction. He said to boost vegetable cultivation in far-off areas like Gurez, the department has already taken a number of initiatives.

Dulloo said that the government is committed towards the development of agriculture and allied sectors in all the regions of J&K. He said that vegetable cultivation has a huge potential to boost the socio-economic landscape of the concerned farmers.

ACS said that commercial vegetable farming has been identified as a key factor in achieving the economic prosperity of the farming community. He said the promotion of vegetable/exotic vegetables under open and hi-tech protected cultivation is one among the 29 projects recently approved by the government. 

He said the implementation of projects under HADP, especially in the vegetable sector, are expected to revolutionize the vegetable sector in J&K.

Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal, Director Horticulture, G R Mir and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

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