JAMMU, MAR 13: Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir alongwith Minister of State for Education, Tourism, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi today attended the State cum District Level Commercial Floriculture event here at Gulshan Ground, Police Auditorium.
Vice Chairman, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, Daljit Singh Chib, Commissioner, Secretary, Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Director Floriculture, Jammu, Babila Rakwal besides Districts officers of Floriculture Department were present on the occasion.
The daylong event commenced with the inauguration of exhibition by the Ministers where stalls were installed by various departments and organizations to display the varied floriculture products, flowers, tools, sprayers and many alike.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir said that the state of J&K has immense potential for growth in floriculture sector and called for collective efforts by the department and the farmers to tap its potential to the optimal.
The Minister said that the floriculture is the face of J&K and further stressed upon strengthening the floriculture sector in the state. The government has initiated several projects on the line of national and international level concepts to develop the parks, the Minister said, adding that, a component of physical activities such as gyms be included in the development plan of parks.
Javaid Mustafa Mir asked the farmers who are engaged in other types of farming to adopt floriculture as an alternate source of income.
The Minister welcomed the idea for facilitating the employees and said that such gestures proved to be a motivational force and results in more efficient working.
During her address, Minister of State for Education, Tourism, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi stressed on the need to draft the floriculture policy, establishing centre of excellence for floriculture and add on market value to make the floriculture sector a more lucrative option for the farmers.
She further stressed upon adoption of integrated farming concept and said that the state government will take all the necessary measures required to expand the scale of the floriculture in J&K.
Priya asked the concerned officers to ensure that the centrally sponsored schemes must reach the beneficiaries.
During the event, the Experts briefed the farmers who came in large numbers from across the state about the commercial aspects of the floriculture and held an interactive session with them.