A spice park is coming up at a cost of Rs. 22 crore at Dusoo in Pulwama district of south Kashmir, where saffron growers can avail various facilities at their doorsteps which included Saffron flower collection, e-trading, packing and quality control tests.
Agriculture director (Kashmir) Mushtaq Ahmad Shah said the spice park was being constructed on 83 Kanals of land at Dusoo at a cost of Rs. 22 crore. He added that after completion of the park, saffron growers can avail various facilities at their doorsteps.
About saffron, he said the aim of the National Mission on Saffron was to increase production and productivity of saffron, maintaining quality and improving marketing facilities.
He advised farmers to adopt latest and scientific technology as per the guidance of field functionaries of agriculture department to boost production and productivity.
He asked saffron growers to avail the benefits of mission for improving their socio-economic status.
Shah further advised the farmers not only to use improved agriculture practices but also focus on improved quality as well.
He said that sprinkle irrigation units are being provided to the farmers at 50% subsidy. About the National Initiative Vegetable Programme, he said, two pack houses, 25 vermi compost units, five motorized carts, 98 poly green houses have been provided to the farmers under this programme at the cost of Rs. 22 lakh.
Pulwama chief agriculture officer said 56 borewells at a cost of Rs. 11.20 crore and 500 vermi compost units at the subsidy of Rs. 1.50 crore have been established.
He said a single borewell irrigates 600 kanals of land. He further informed that under the National Initiative Vegetable Programme 300 Kanals of land of Amlar village in Tral has been covered.