Srinagar: There was a whopping 67.5% decline in manufacturing of Saffron in Kashmir Valley from 2010-11 to 2023-24, the federal government mentioned on Tuesday.
“As per the estimates offered by the Workplace of Monetary Commissioner (Income), UT of Jammu & Kashmir, the manufacturing of saffron in Jammu and Kashmir has decreased from 8.0 MT in 2010-11 to 2.6 MT in 2023-24 (provisional), leading to an total decline in manufacturing by about 67.5% over the interval,” minister of agriculture and farmers welfare Arjun Munda mentioned in reply to a written question by Nationwide Convention’s MP Hasnain Masoodi.
Nevertheless, he mentioned, over the last one 12 months from 2022-23 to 2023-24, the saffron manufacturing has marginally elevated by 4%.
To the question whether or not the properly sprinklers sanctioned underneath the Nationwide Saffron Mission have been non-functional since its inception, the Minister mentioned, “As per the data acquired from the Planning and Agriculture Manufacturing Division of UT of J&Ok, out of the 128 deep bore-wells sanctioned underneath the Mission, 123 have been constructed by the Horticulture Division and handed over to the Mechanical Engineering Division, Kashmir for his or her harnessing and additional linkage with the Sprinkler irrigation Programs.”
The Mechanical Engineering Division Kashmir, he mentioned, has efficiently linked 73 deep bore wells with the Sprinkler Irrigation Programs having a command of 2187.08 hectares. Nevertheless, he mentioned, the irrigation amenities will not be being utilized absolutely because the Consumer Teams for administration and maintenance of those bore wells haven’t been created as per the Mission Pointers and haven’t been handed over to the farmer person teams.
“As per the data acquired from the Planning, Agriculture Manufacturing Division of UT of J&Ok, there was no report of opposed impact on saffron flowers resulting from elements comparable to cement mud from any industrial institutions,” he mentioned whereas responding to question whether or not it’s true that industrial institutions close to saffron fields have led to opposed results on saffron flowers resulting from elements comparable to cement mud.
“The Agriculture Manufacturing Division together with the income authorities, UT of J&Ok are implementing the Saffron Act, Saffron guidelines and different income legal guidelines which safeguards the saffron land from being diverted for every other functions,” he mentioned.
The minister mentioned no high-level committee has been constituted by the federal government of India to look into the declining situation of Saffron manufacturing. Nevertheless, he mentioned, the Division of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. Of India has requested the UT Administration of J&Ok to conduct an in depth evaluation of all of the actions taken up underneath the Nationwide Saffron Mission in J&Ok to make sure the efficient utilization of infrastructure and amenities created underneath the Nationwide Saffron Mission for the general growth of Saffron sector in Jammu & Kashmir. (GNS)
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