Srinagar, Sep 28: Secretary
Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Lone Saturday chaired a meeting of State Level
Executive Committee (SLEC) of Mission for Integrated Development of
Horticulture (MIDH) at Directorate of Horticulture in which two Controlled
Atmosphere (CA) Storage projects and two food processing projects were cleared.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi gave a
detailed presentation regarding National Saffron Mission. During the meeting
action plan under National Saffron Mission for the year 2019-20 to the tune of
Rs 80.30 crore was approved. The progress made by various Line Departments
under MIDH was also reviewed and chairman stressed for gearing up the pace of
Director Agriculture Jammu, Director Horticulture (P&M)
besides other officers attended the meeting.
Director Horticulture Kashmir and Mission Director, MIDH,
J&K Ajaz Ahmad Bhat gave a brief overview of MIDH. A detailed presentation
on the action taken the previous SLEC meeting and an overview of the agenda
items of the current meeting was given.
During the meeting revised Action Plan 2019-20 of MIDH
incorporating the residual activities of Saffron Mission was approved. In
respect of other agenda items like Reefer Van, CA Store, Food Processing
Projects, he was appraised about the action taken on the decisions of last
The progress made by various Line Departments under MIDH was
also reviewed and Secretary stressed for gearing up the pace of expenditure.
Secretary APD urged the officers to devise a strategy for
making Agriculture and Horticulture a
remunerative and a profitable venture. He further added that these sectors
should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into
Agricultural/Horticulture entrepreneurs. He instructed the officers to increase
their touring and monitoring so that basic field functionaries of the
department will reach out to every farmer.