BANDIPORA, NOV 23: Over 72093 metric ton fruit production had been recorded in Bandipora district during current year, which include 70300 metric ton fresh fruit and 1794 metric ton dry fruit.
This information was given out at a daylong awareness cum training program, organized jointly by Horticulture Department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), here today.
Chief Horticulture Officer, Bandipora Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, who was Chief Guest on the occasion, presided over the function.
The Scientists of KVK and the experts of Horticulture Department gave necessary training to the fruit growers and orchardists regarding scientific techniques of pruning and other related matters.
An interactive session was also held in which the orchardists raised queries regarding different fruit diseases which were answered by the experts.
Chief Horticulture Officer informed that there are 5744 hectare of area under Horticulture in the district which include 5147 hectare under fresh fruit and 597 hectare under dry fruit. He said during current year , over Rs.6 crore are being spent under various schemes including PMDP, PMKSY, MIDH and State plan to boost the Horticulture activities in the district. He further said that various other new and innovative schemes are underway to take the sector to its new heights. He said 1940 fruit plants are being distributed among the farmers during ensuing plantation season.
Later a field visit was also carried out to impart practical training of pruning to the orchardists.