In a visit to various orchards in different horticulture zones in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Horticulture Director, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat impressed upon orchardists for timely pruning after harvesting fruit crop.
He also exhorted for soil testing of their orchards, application of organic fertilizer, and vermicompost for soil health management.
He advised the orchardists to propagate the planting material on elite clonal root stock for better returns.
Bhat was accompanied by Deputy Director Horticulture Kashmir, Subject Matter Specialist and other field staff.
Later, in order to monitor procurement of Apple under the Market Intervention Scheme, Bhat visited notified collection centers viz. Fruit Mandi Kulgam, Fruit Mandi Shopian and Jablipora Anantnag.
He took stock of all necessary arrangements including security, electricity, accommodation and sanitization facilities at the sites.