Indian State does not have proper horticulture policy

Minister for Horticulture Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari Wednesday said that the State didn’t have a proper horticulture policy, while the sector has a potential to generate 400-500 billion rupees (5.12-6.40 billion euros) revenue against the current 85 billion rupees (1.09 billion euros).

“There wasn’t any horticulture policy. Everyone who held this portfolio in the past has tried his best. But the situation has changed. We are working to frame a proper policy to develop the overall horticulture sector,” he said.

According to Bukhari, there are 12 items on budget about horticulture. Amongst these are the establishment of high quality nurseries, setting up of walnut processing units, development of nurseries of mango and litchi, promotion of Aloe Vera cultivation and refrigerated vans, finance of orchards and high density plantation.

Furthermore, could report that 2018-2019 will be celebrated as ‘Apple year’. Bukhari claimed they are working on it, revolutionising the whole horticulture sector and not only the apple industry.

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