Crescent Kashmir

Apple cultivation

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Kashmir is known for apple cultivation and more and more rural youth are getting connected with this sector. Government is also having its focus for the apple industry and has taken slew of measures for the orchardists.

The recently introduced High Density Apple Plantation has proved a game changer for those families who have planted these new apple trees.

Those orchardists who are now getting apple produce from high density apple plants have said that the income has grown many fold for them.

Similarly the government is trying to give saffron cultivation a lot of attention and has shown the results on the ground.

Under the National Saffron Mission, irrigation infrastructure with a sprinkler system connected to 126 deep Bore wells has been created. An area of 2598.75 Ha of land stands rejuvenated as on date. The implementation of National Mission on Saffron has ensured substantial increase in the crop yields from 1.88 kg per hectare to 4.50 kg per hectare which has ultimately doubled the income of Saffron Growers.

The J&K Government has successfully got the G.I tagging for Saffron and Basmati for effective domestic and international marketing. The registration for G.I tagging for Guchhi (Morchella), Solai Honey, Rajmash (Red Beans) and Muskhbudji is also in the pipeline. It will promote the economic prosperity of the farmers by enhancing their demand in National and International Markets.

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