STATE TIMES NEWSRAMBAN: Horticulture Department, Ramban today organised one day awareness camp, here at Panchayat Darmund, block Batote, to inform farmers about the “Development of Anardana Project”- a farmer friendly initiative of the district administration. Additional District Development Commissioner (ADDC), Nawab Din presided over the function and Chief Horticulture Officer (CHO), V K Gupta was the expert speaker. BDC Chairman, Batote, Rajeshwar Kumar, Sarpanchs, Panchs, members of Self Help Groups and orchardists, besides field workers of the department attended the event. In his address, the ADDC exhorted upon the farmers to take maximum benefit of this government scheme as the district has high potential for increasing Anardana production. He impressed upon the fruit growers to form groups to take maximum benefit of “Development of Anardana Village” initiative and other schemes. He also distributed Anardana plants among the farmers under the project and instructed the field staff to sensitize orchardists about the importance of soil health, water conservation, Orchard Sanitation and importance of packing. During the interaction various components pertaining to project and issues raised by the attendees were discussed in detail with the PRIs. The CHO informed the growers that the efficient extraction and packing of the Anardana can fetch good price of 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. He also requested to the farmers to visit horticulture office Ramban alongwith fruit to watch the functioning of Aril Extraction Machine & Trey Dryer procedure.
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