List of Horticulture Schemes in J&K

List of Horticulture Schemes in J&K;These initiatives include the ‘Mission for Integrated Development Of Horticulture (MIDH),’ which is the cornerstone for holistic horticultural development. Alongside it, we find the essential ‘Guidelines for Recognition of Horticulture Nursery,’ ensuring that quality plant material thrives in the region’s nurseries. In addition, the ‘Guidelines for National Mission on Medicinal Plants and Aromatics (NMMI)’ embrace the rich diversity of herbs, while the ‘High Density Apple Plantation Scheme’ adds crispness to the apple orchards of this breathtaking land. Together, these schemes cultivate a flourishing future for Jammu and Kashmir’s horticulture.”horticulture schemes in j&k,

Cultivating Prosperity: The Horticulture Sector in Jammu and Kashmir

The Horticulture sector stands as a vital cornerstone of Jammu and Kashmir’s economy, serving as a key source of livelihood for a substantial portion of the state’s population. With over seven lakh families directly or indirectly involved in horticultural activities, the industry’s significance is unmistakable. J&K State has been designated as an Agri Export Zone for Apple and Walnut Horticulture Produce, further highlighting its prominence.

Horticulture’s impact on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is evident, with the production of horticultural products having experienced a remarkable surge. From 1.83 million metric tonnes in 1972-73, the production has soared to a staggering 24.94 million metric tonnes by 2015-16. This surge in production has, in turn, bolstered the sector’s turnover to approximately Rs. 6000.00 crores.

To support and enhance the horticulture sector, funds are allocated to the department through State Plan (CAPEX Budget) and Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS).

List of Horticulture Schemes in J&K

List of Horticulture Schemes in J&K

In the State Plan activities under CAPEX for the Horticulture Sector, a range of initiatives are undertaken, including:

  1. Maintenance of Departmental Nurseries/Orchards: Ensuring their upkeep through the provision of essential inputs like fertilizers, budding grafting material, seeds, seedlings, and more.
  2. Nursery Registration and Supply of Scion/Budwood: Facilitating the registration of nurseries and supplying them with scion/budwood.
  3. Convergence Under MGNREGA: Providing material costs to meet convergence under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
  4. Maintenance of State Houses: Ensuring the proper upkeep of state-owned horticulture facilities.
  5. Chemicals and Equipment for Canning Centers: Equipping these centers with the necessary chemicals and machinery.
  6. Training Courses: Offering courses in the art of fruit and vegetable preservation.
  7. Mobile Demonstrations: Conducting demonstrations on the preservation of fruits and vegetables.
  8. Tools/Spares/Machinery: Providing modern technical support to enhance horticultural practices.
  9. Subsidies and Incentives: Extending up to 50% subsidies and incentives to small and marginal farmers for area expansion programs, including support for chemicals and more.
  10. Infrastructure Development: Upgrading and developing departmental infrastructure and assets.
  11. Demonstration Plots: Establishing demonstration plots for crops like strawberries, grapes, and kiwi.
  12. Support for Soil Testing Laboratory: Aiding in the establishment and functioning of soil testing laboratories.
  13. Support for Nut Fruit Cultivation: Promoting nut fruit cultivation.
  14. Testing Laboratories: Setting up laboratories for soil, pesticides, and fungicides.

Jammu and Kashmir has taken a significant step forward in the agricultural sector by establishing a Soil Testing Laboratory in Shopian. Two mobile Soil Testing Labs stationed in Anantnag and Baramulla cater to the needs of the southern and northern districts. A Detailed Project Report for a Pesticide Testing Laboratory has been submitted, awaiting funding approval from the Planning, Development, and Monitoring Department.

The department ensures the quality of pesticides and fungicides through sample collection and testing. Additionally, it has granted pesticide inspector powers to Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs) within their respective jurisdictions. This proactive approach reflects the region’s commitment to the sustainable growth of the horticulture sector.

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