Horticulture minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said the government will tap the horticulture potential in the uncovered areas of the Jammu division to improve economic condition of the people.
Addressing awareness camps of farmers in Miran Shaib and Akhnoor on Saturday, Veeri said mainstay of state's economy is horticulture and the government is making all out efforts to accelerate its activities to boost this important sector.
He said keeping in view that the horticulture is the mainstay of state's economy; the government has initiated long and short term measures for the growth of horticulture in the state. He said all the vacant posts in the department would be filled up on fast-track basis adding that the government would also consider re-organisation of the department to improve its functioning.
He said the Jammu division in general and temperate and sub-tropical zones in particular have vast potential for horticulture, which would be tapped in a big way.
Veeri asked the farmers to adopt modern horticulture techniques and avail attractive incentives available under the centrally-sponsored schemes. He also stressed for adopting multi-crop system and switching over to cash crops, like aloe-vera, amla, mangoes, peach, litchi, guava, plum etc which require minimum irrigational facilities.
He directed the officers of the horticulture department to launch extended awareness camps in every nook and cranny of the state to educate the farmers about the horticulture schemes and incentives. He asked the youth to involve themselves in the horticulture activities and adopt it as livelihood instead of hankering after the government jobs.
Interacting with farmers, Veeri emphasised on adoption of new technological interventions and sowing of quality high yielding seeds for better production.