News Desk, Amar Ujala, Jammu
Published by: charisma chib
Updated Wed, 09 Jun 2021 01:04 PM IST
On the first day five tonnes of cherries were flagged off for the cities of Delhi and Mumbai.
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The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday started airlift services from the state to markets like Delhi and Mumbai for perishable horticultural produce such as cherries. Giving information, an official said that Naveen Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Horticulture Departments, flagged off vans carrying cherries of various vendors of Kashmir Valley.
It was later airlifted from Srinagar airport to Delhi and Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Chaudhary said that this is a historic event for the horticulture sector of Jammu and Kashmir. There is a distinct beginning for marketing of perishable fruits and organic vegetables. About five tonnes of fruits were airlifted on Tuesday.
It will reach the markets of various cities like Mumbai and Delhi in a few hours. Chowdhary said that this would empower the fruit growers of Jammu and Kashmir and increase their income as well as give a boost to the rural economy. This effort will also address the transportation problems faced by horticulture especially for perishable fruits like cherries, palmars, apricots.
Take advantage of gardeners by contacting horticulture offices
Ejaz Ahmed Bhat, Director, Horticulture Department said that under this scheme the department will provide facilities to all the potential. He said that the vendors can approach their district horticulture offices. You can take advantage of this unique plan.
Recently, the Jammu and Kashmir state government signed an MoU with private airline company GoAir in Srinagar. Under this, GoAir had given good rates for Srinagar / Jammu to Mumbai at Rs 34 per kg and for Srinagar / Jammu to Delhi at Rs 24 per kg, besides other places. Also, in addition to Delhi and Mumbai, the rate has been fixed at Rs 47, 48 and 50 per kg for Chennai, Kolkata and Bangalore.
Advance Center for Horticulture Development inaugurated
Chaudhary also inaugurated the Advance Center for Horticulture Development at Rajbagh. He said that this center is the backbone of the Horticulture Department. Here high yielding, precious and valuable exotic plant material is imported from abroad for farmers and fruit growers to boost their economy on modern scientific basis.