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R S PURA: Director Horticulture Jammu Ram Savak, made an extensive tour of Block R. S. Pura district Jammu on Wednesday and interacted with the farmers of R. S. Pura along with Chief Horticulture Officer, Jammu S. Sarabjit Singh who appraised him regarding progress of different Centrally sponsored schemes as well as CAPEX budget particularly strawberry plantation. He informed that an area of 53 Kanals under strawberry cultivation has already been covered in this block where approximate One Lakh Sixty Thousand runners have been planted at Satwari and R. S. Pura by Horticulture Dev. Officer Dheeraj Sharma.The Director inspected the Strawberry plantation, and other developmental activities at R. S. Pura. During the interaction with farmers, he elaborated the schemes of the Department of Horticulture particularly strawberry in detail and highlighted that Rs. 13000/ kanal incentive to the farmers will boost cultivation of strawberry in district Jammu and will develop into Strawberry Hub. He also gathered information from the farmers about problems faced by them regarding the said scheme. He emphasized on Processing of fruits and establishment of low Cost Preservation centre for making value added products like pickles, jam, murabba, sauce etc.During the tour, he visited the Fruit Plant Nursery at Maralia to ascertain the achievements made regarding the budding / grafting for the production of quality fruit plants. He also inaugurated CCTV cameras being installed in the nursery for effective monitoring of the nursery activities. He instructed the officer S. Parminder Singh to make all the public sector nurseries more viable for production of quality planting material in departmental Nurseries so that the state of self-sufficiency could be achieved in near future.
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