STATE TIMES NEWS Ramban: The Horticulture Department today organised a one day awareness camp at Seripora, a far-flung area of Block Sangaldan under “Development of Anardana Village” initiative of the district administration. Chief Horticulture Officer, Mukesh Sharma, presided over the event which was attended by the Sarpanchs, Panchs and orchardists while Horticulture Development Officer, Gool, Mohammad Sharief Malik and other field workers of the department were the resource persons on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, CHO exhorted upon the PRI’s to optimally utilize the vast potential of Anardana production in the district under this innovative initiative of the district administration. During the camp, various components to be taken up under the project and related issues were raised by the participants which were discussed in detail with the PRI members. The participants were urged upon to visit the district horticulture office alongwith their fruits to watch the functioning of Aril Extraction Machine and Trey Dryer procured there for their benefit. The growers were informed about efficient extraction and packing of Anardana which can fetch good price for their produce. The importance of IPM/ INM was also shared with the farmers and they were asked to follow the spray schedule on Anardana on collective basis to minimize damage due to insect attack. CHO asked the fruit growers to constitute a joint group to take maximum benefit from “Development of Anardana Village” initiative and other related schemes. The department also distributed Tool kits, Neem oil and Neem cake among the farmers under the project.
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