Flowers as income source
Normally in Kashmir valley people grow flowers as a hobby in their home gardens and also around them where they live. Now the government of Jammu and Kashmir is very keen to introduce Floriculture as a commercial scheme for the farmers.
Recently the Chief Secretary held a review meeting and asked the officers of Floriculture to make floriculture in Jammu and Kashmir the next big income source for farmers.
The Department was asked to prepare a proposal in collaboration with the Agriculture Department and SKUAST to attract prospective growers for adopting Floriculture as an economic activity; and submit the same within 15 days.
Reviewing the ongoing developmental activities at Bagh-e-Bahu Garden, the Chief Secretary directed conversion of the guest house building the Garden into a museum to boost the footfall of visitors.
He asked the Department to explore the possibilities of establishing Tulip Gardens at Sonamarg and Gulmarg to prolong the tourist season in the Union territory, besides identifying other flower crops suitable to the climatic conditions of Jammu and Kashmir. The Chief Secretary impressed upon the Department to develop thematic gardens at each tourist place.
The Department was asked to undertake a study of the asset based and corresponding proportion in the economic activity of J&K.