Trends and strategies for the development of Horticulture in Kashmir Valley (J&K)
Farouq Ahmed Dar
Jammu and Kashmir, particularly, the valley of Kashmir has been rightly described as the “fruit Bowl” of northern India. Kashmir is the land of bewitching beauty with exotic fruits, flora and flowers. Its land environment and climate is most favourable and provides greater facilities to horticulture industry to grow more rapidly. The flourishing horticulture sector of Kashmir valley has changed the Socio-Economy status of people and helped them in reshaping their economy to some extent. In the year 2016-17, In Kashmir valley 161682 hectares of land are under fresh fruits and 58041 hectares of land are under dry fruits. In Jammu division, 79938 hectares of land are under fresh fruits and 38867 hectares of land are under dry fruits. At present, in J&K state a total area of 338528 hectares of land are under horticulture land, out of which 219223 hectare are in Kashmir division and 113805 hectares are in Jammu division. Of this 1.62 lakh hectares of land are under Apple cultivation, 14532 hectares are under pear, 6123 hectares are under Apricot, 89339 hectares are under Walnut, 414 hectares are under Peanut and 7107 hectares of land are under Almond cultivation. The fruit industry of Kashmir provides a countless opportunities for job and employment to raise the standard of living of people.
Farouq Ahmed Dar. Trends and strategies for the development of Horticulture in Kashmir Valley (J&K). International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 4, Issue 7, 2017, Pages 397-405