Horticulture Department Friday organised a day-long awareness-cum-training camp at Shadab Karewa in district Shopian.
Scores of farmers participated and put-forth problems faced by them regarding horticulture which were addressed on the spot.
The camp was organized by the Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, which was also attended by the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shopian, Owais Ahmad.
All the head of the departments of Shopian district and orchardists were also present on the occasion. The programme was organised for information dissemination among orchardists under centrally sponsored scheme Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH).
Director Horticulture explained the developmental schemes implemented by Horticulture Department and also the described the incentives being provided to the orchardists under these schemes. The Director Horticulture assured that Horticulture Department will try its best to meet the demands of orchardists of the District.
DC while interacting with the fruit growers advised them to take maximum benefit by availing incentives available under various centrally sponsored and state sector schemes presently under implementation in the division.
Director Horticulture disclosed that the department is going to start skill development programme in the temperate areas with an objective to train the local unemployed youth in various propagation techniques like budding, grafting and canopy management techniques like pruning/training of fruit trees, so that they can act as master trainers and can train other local youth in the same.