Shopian (Jammu and Kashmir), Jan 16: Farmers in the Kashmir Valley are reaping profits, thanks to initiatives taken by the state horticulture department to provide them with the latest technology.
The advanced horticulture centre at Zainapora Village in the state’s Shopian District is helping apple growers to generate more revenue.
Muneer Ahmad Mir, a farm manager at Zainapora, said the aim was to encourage the use of the latest technologies.
“Most of the plants which we have in the farm are of high density. High density implies that the number of plants which the farmers use to grow using traditional methods were around 12 to 13 per canal. But with the high density as the name implies more plants can be accommodated per canal or hectare. This increases the yield per unit area,” said Mir.
Not only the apples, but the usage of the latest technology also helps in the increase of the production of different varieties of fruits like apricots, cherries, strawberries, almonds and walnuts.
The farmers expressed their happiness, as they are able to produce quality fruits within three years, as compared to the traditional methods, which take nine years.
Fruit growers also say that the good quality of the fruits help them to earn huge profit in the market. (ANI)