Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, had an exhaustive field visit to inspect the high-tech interventions being implemented in the field of Agriculture. The advisor was accompanied by Director Agriculture, Jammu, KK Sharma, Director Horticulture, Ram Sevak, Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs), Joint Director (Apiculture & Mushroom), Agriculture Chemist, Chief Agriculture Officer Jammu, Chief Horticulture Officer Jammu besides other officers and field functionaries of Agriculture and Horticulture departments.
The advisor inspected the Sanik farm at Babliana spread over an area of 68 Kanal where he took stock of the functioning of Naturally Ventilated Poly Green House (NVPGH) developed by a private agriculture entrepreneur, S S Wazir, with the active support of the Department of Agriculture Jammu under CAPEX, 2019-20.
The director informed the Advisor that the department is earnestly working towards motivating the farmers to go for the production of exotic and high-value vegetables like Seedless Cucumber, Tomato, Red, and Yellow Bell peppers under protected and controlled conditions to get round the year production with high returns. He assured that soon the process of registering of Sanik Farm under PGS system will be initiated to develop the farm on organic lines.
Later at Badyal Brahmana, Advisor visited the high tech Mushroom unit of a private entrepreneur, Raman Gupta, established with technical guidance of Agriculture, Department. He was apprised that this unit consists of 10 cropping rooms of 3500 bags capacity each. He also visited different units of the venture including the Automatic Pasteurized Mushroom Compost making plant. He was informed that the Mushroom unit has provided employment to 35 people.
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