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Director Agri visits IMDC, Kitchen Garden Lalmandi Srinagar

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SRINAGAR: The Director of Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal today visited the integrated mushroom development centre and Kitchen Garden Lalmandi Srinagar and inspected different blocks of both installations.

The Director of Agriculture was briefed by concerned technical experts about their functioning.

Speaking to the officers/officials of both facilities, the Director of Agriculture highlighted the importance of small-scale cottage industries like mushroom cultivation and apiculture. He said that in the last few years farmers and young agriculture entrepreneurs have been taking mushroom cultivation on commercial lines.

He said that the department is already working on a multidimensional model under HADP for the promotion of mushroom Cultivation.

During the visit to the Kitchen Garden scheme, the Director of Agriculture said that various interventions by the department in the said scheme is aimed at providing farmers with round-the-year availability of seedlings of different vegetable crops. He asked the concerned officers to add new crop varieties to the existing menu so that more vibrance could be added to the scheme.

Earlier, the Director of Agriculture held an interaction with the trainee agri-entrepreneurs from Kargil district who completed their training programme on Spawn Production at Integrated Mushroom Development Centre Lalmandi Srinagar.

He awarded them with certificates and assured them that the department would work with them and provide them with all the technical guidance during their future endeavours in mushroom cultivation.

Joint Director Agriculture inputs Tabassum Naz, and the officers of IMDC and Kitchen Garden scheme were also present on the occasion.

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