The Centre on Tuesday mentioned that the manufacturing of saffron has declined by over 67 % from 2010 to 2024, nevertheless, the manufacturing has elevated marginally by 4 % within the final 12 months.
In reply to a query by Nationwide Convention MP Hasnain Masoodi, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Arjun Munda, as per the information company—Kashmir Information Observer (KNO), mentioned as per the estimates offered by the Workplace of Monetary Commissioner (Income) 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.
“Nevertheless, over the last one 12 months from 2022-23 to 2023-24, the saffron manufacturing has marginally elevated by 4%.”
He mentioned that as per the data obtained from the Planning and Agriculture Manufacturing Division of J&Okay, out of the 128 deep bore-wells sanctioned below 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 Techniques.
“The Mechanical Engineering Division, Kashmir has efficiently linked 73 deep bore wells with the Sprinkler Irrigation Techniques having a command of 2187.08 hectares. Nevertheless, the irrigation services should not being utilized totally because the Consumer Teams for administration and maintenance of those bore wells haven’t been created as per the Mission Tips and haven’t been handed over to the farmer consumer teams,” he mentioned.
He added that as per the data obtained from the Planning, Agriculture Manufacturing Division of UT of J&Okay, there was no report of antagonistic impact on saffron flowers as a consequence of components reminiscent of cement mud from any industrial institutions.
“The Agriculture Manufacturing Division together with the income authorities, UT of J&Okay are implementing the Saffron Act, Saffron guidelines and different income legal guidelines which safeguards the saffron land from being diverted for some other functions,” he added.
“No high-level committee has been constituted by the Govt. of India to look into the declining situation of Saffron manufacturing. Nevertheless, the Division of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Govt. Of India has requested the UT Administration to conduct an in depth evaluate of all of the actions taken up below the Nationwide Saffron Mission in J&Okay to make sure the efficient utilization of infrastructure and services created below the Nationwide Saffron Mission for the general improvement of Saffron sector in Jammu & Kashmir,” he additional mentioned—(KNO)
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