India to set up post-entry walnuts quarantine facility in Kashmir

India’s federal government has decided to set-up a state-of-the-art Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility in Kashmir, which is good news for the region’s walnut growers. The National Seed Corporation (NSC), collaborating with the Horticulture Department is to set up a PEQ facility at the Advanced Centre for Horticulture Development, Zainapora Shopian.

The NSC has been entrusted with the import of walnut and apple planting material from developed Countries and producing them in bulk for distribution in the Union Territory.

Director of Horticulture Aijaz Ahmad Bhat: “The Government of India has sought assistance from the NSC for revamping the horticulture sector of Jammu and Kashmir.  The NSC will import superior quality plant material from developed countries and make seeds for distribution to farmers.”  

He said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has identified land at Advanced Centre for Horticulture Development, Zainapora Shopian, which will be handed over to the NSC for raising infrastructure.

The director of horticulture said they have zeroed in on the walnut and apple because of the export potential.

Source: thekashmirmonitor.net


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