STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir administration is making several headways towards attracting investments to the Union Territory, Lt Governor G C Murmu said on Thursday. He also said that a comprehensive plan is underway to develop Jammu and Kashmir into a medical tourism destination. Inaugurating the Jammu and Kashmir Office of ASSOCHAM- Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India here, Lt Governor said the government is speeding up the development of various sectors and is also seeking private investments to make the Industry sector more vibrant. “The present dispensation is making several headways towards attracting investments to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Through the upcoming Global Investors’ Summit, best sectors of J&K will be showcased to the world to open up the flow of investments to the Union Territory, he said. He said a robust employment policy, which also includes self employment, is in the offing to boost the employment generation in Jammu and Kashmir. On startups, Murmu said that the administration is developing optimum IT infrastructure across J&K to render requisite support to startup businesses. President, ASSOCHAM, B.K Goenka also committed that an IT Summit would be held by the ASSOCHAM in near future. Earlier, reviewing agriculture and allied sectors, the Lt Governor observed that horticulture and other allied sectors have immense potential to generate huge employment avenues and directed for mobilizing available resources in this regard. He stressed on the need for taking reformative measures for the development and expansion of these sectors.
Stressing on promoting sustainable agriculture, the Lt Governor asked the officers to put in extra efforts for making agriculture a sustainable and remunerative economic activity for farmers. He also laid emphasis on improving productivity and production of horticulture and agriculture crops to make the sectors more vibrant.
The Lt Governor directed the officers to work out a plan to prepare 4 crore root stock for 10,000 Ha of land for developing high density apple orchards and set a timeline of 3 years for the same. He underscored the importance of increasing productivity in the Horticulture sector, which has the potential to yield three times the income currently being generated.
To make the fruit Mandis more vibrant, the Lt Governor directed the officers to explore the possibility of converting the fruit Mandis into entities under Section 8 of the Companies Act.
He also directed the officers to establish new fruit processing units which will increase the returns to growers and enhance employment. The Lt Governor asked the officers to come up with the proper plan for sprinkle and drip irrigation for the areas with no or limited irrigation sources. He also directed them to complete all ongoing projects within the stipulated time.
During the meeting, it was informed that Apple produce from J&K contributes a huge 83.50 % ( 20.9 LMTs) to the National produce while the contribution of Walnut and Almond is 92.69% ( 2.72 LMTs) and 93.63 % (0.103 LMTs), respectively.
The chair was informed that a total of 25 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) stores with storage capacity of 1,17,284 MTs have come up in private sector and 447 Nurseries have been established including 138 in public sector. It was further informed that that 17 fruit and vegetable markets comprising of 3 terminal, 2 satellite and 2 Apni Mandis are functional in J&K.
While reviewing the Agriculture production department, the chair was informed that the agriculture sector has a total gross cultivated area of 12.28 lakh Ha with 11.93 lakh farm operating families. The meeting was briefed about the Crop wise area, production and productivity under agriculture. The meeting also reviewed the progress made under Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) and Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) for restoration of damaged area and development of Horticulture in J&K.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Arun Kumar Mehta, Financial Commissioner, Finance; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Manzoor Ahmad Lone, Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture Department and Directors- Agriculture, Horticulture, CAD, Horticulture Planning and Marketing attended the meeting.
Secretary, Agriculture and Horticulture Department; Manzoor Ahmad Lone gave a detailed briefing about the progress, achievements and future plans in the Horticulture and Agriculture departments.
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