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Srinagar, April 27: Director Horticulture Kashmir Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, KAS,
paid a extensive tour to District Budgam to review the progress of
departmental activities being undertaken under various Central and
State Sponsored Schemes. He was accompanied by Chief Horticulture Officer, Budgam and other field officers of the Department.

He inspected Departmental Nursery Gopalpora and took stock of
developmental activities and other civil works. Director Horticulture
was apprised that 5000 root stock has been planted in the nursery
of M-9 variety. Instructions were given for completion of spillover
works as well as other developmental works in the nursery. He also
visited fruit plant nursery Footlipora and directed the staff to work
with zeal.

The nursery is producing Apple especially Lal-Ambri, Pears
and other good quality varieties. Director also advised the nursery
staff to top work the root stock with recently introduced varieties
like Red Chief, Super chief, Galamast, Stark krimson Later on Director
Horticulture visited various Horticulture Development offices viz
Chadoora,Nagam,Pakherpora and found Horticulture Development
officer Nagam,Chadoora unauthorized absent from duty and was
placed under suspension. Instructions were also issued to Chief
Horticulture officer, Budgam for taking action against field staff for
not attending the duties.

Later on Director Horticulture visited other areas of the district
and officers/officials were instructed to remain punctual, dedicated
and honest in performing the Government duties and maintain a
close liaison with the growers/orchardists so that they get the timely
technical knowhow about benefits of the schemes under
implementation with the Department.

Instructions were also passed on to the officers/officials regarding conducting of awareness/training camps on a large scale for general awareness of growers community. He also interacted with farmers (orchardists) and other farmers belonging to ST. Population and other backward farmers and assured them for all the technical support as well as
financial support being provided by the Department.