Reinvigorating horticulture sector and checking spurious pesticides.
Horticulture, tourism, and handicrafts are the three important sectors that contribute substantially to earning and employment of people of Kashmir. With diverse agro-climatic advantages, horticulture is the most vital sector in the state that involves a large section of the population particularly in rural Kashmir. With more than two million people directly or indirectly involved with production and processing, horticulture trade in Jammu And Kashmir State has an estimated annual turnover of twelve billion rupees. So, by all means, horticulture contributes substantially to the rural economy with thrust on employment and sustenance of eco-friendly economy within the fragile ecosystem of Kashmir valley. Successive regimes, even from the time of the autocratic rule of late Maharaja, have given due consideration to sustenance and development of horticulture industry in Kashmir. However, in the early seventies with the invasion of pathogens, the horticulture sector got a setback and cost of cultivation increased manifold. Horticulturists and agriculture scientists tried to balance this steep increase in the cost of cultivation by introducing new high yielding verities with longer shelf value and superior genetic characteristics. High-density apple plantation with improved imported rootstock was one such effort that was initiated by the department of Horticulture long back at state of the art nurseries at Zanpora in south Kashmir and Pattan in North Kashmir. This scientifically feasible and economically viable effort could not attract much attention of common farmers due to lack of initial investment and vigorous motivation for shifting from traditional varieties to improved ones. Read More Fix the responsibility