India: Kashmir government set up committee for prompting commercial floriculture

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has set up a committee to commercialize flower production in the union territory. An order issued by the administration said that the sanction has been “accorded to the constitution of a committee for drafting a Proposal/Action Plan for promotion of commercial floriculture in view the various parameters like climatic conditions, geographical location, suitability of crops in the Union territory of J&K."

According to the order, the committee will be headed by Principal Secretary to the Government Agriculture, Production & Farmer’s Welfare Department while its members are Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Floriculture, Parks & Gardens Department, Director General, Horticulture Kashmir (Nodal Officer, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture), Director Agriculture, (Nodal Officer Mission Director RKVY), Kashmir, Directors of Floriculture, Kashmir and Jammu divisions, Extension Officer, SKUAST, Jammu/Kashmir, Deputy Director Floriculture (Central), Directorate of Floriculture, Kashmir, Deputy Director (In-charge Nodal Officer CSS) Directorate of Floriculture, Kashmir and Deputy Director (In-charge Nodal Officer CSS) Directorate of Floriculture, Jammu.

The orders aid the committee can co-opt an expert in the Commercial Floriculture to be impaneled by the Floriculture, Parks & Gardens Department as per requirement. “The Committee shall submit a Proposal/Action Plan within 30 days to the Government,” the order said.

The administration has been asking the floriculture department to maintain the assets such as parks in the best state of maintenance. It has also stressed that there is a need to engage more people in commercial floriculture which could enhance employment opportunities.

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