Farmers’ incomes grow thanks to lavender cultivation

With the constant interventions of the J&K Government, Lavender cultivation has been amplified across J&K by the implementation of various schemes, which in turn has increased the farmers’ income by 4 to 5 times here.

Thousands of farmers in J&K are shifting to lavender cultivation which has proved very profitable for them. According to statistics, 5000 entrepreneurs/farmers are cultivating lavender on more than 200 acres of land which has led to a 4 to 5 times increase in their economy. Farmers traditionally in J&K grew cereals such as maize, rice, and millet which didn’t provide great returns, but with lavender cultivation, their earnings have gone up several times.

Lavender cultivation is an initiative of the Central government to improve the incomes of farmers in J&K. Many farmers have given up traditional farming and switched to lavender farming for profitability.

Ali Muhammad, a farmer from the Pulwama area of South Kashmir, said, “Traditional farming was not giving us good returns. We are very happy with switching to lavender farming. Lavender farming also does not get much affected by less rainfall.”

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