by aditya abhishek
To boost commercial floriculture of Jammu & Kashmir, government has approved Rupees 39 crore mega project.
The climatic condition of Jammu & Kashmir is perfect for the cultivation of Lilium, Rose, Carnation Gerbera, Lavender, Saffron, Zinnia, Salvia & other popular flower crops.
The horticulture sector contributes about 9% to the GDP of J & K and employs around 27% of the total population. Floriculture is a part of horticulture.
Hence if such mega projects by the government work out perfectly, they can generate many future opportunities for the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
The government is focusing on "Cluster-based area expansion of small ornamental nurseries" to increase yield & productivity.
Technological advancements such as improvements in farming technology, on-farm distillation units, cold storage, transport and marketing are also going to take place.
It is estimated that through this project, around 2.25 hectares of area under cut flowers will be restored, and 85 hectares of land will be used for lavender cultivation.
A Total of 567 hectares of land will be created for floriculture, giving rise to 330 new enterprises in the state to boost the commercial floriculture industry.
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