Srinagar, October 22(Scoop News) – N. N. Vohra, Governor Jammu and Kashmir, today emphasized the need for taking all required measures in a time bound manner for enhancing value addition in agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors for maximizing economic gains to the growers in the State. The Governor, as Chief Guest, was inaugurating a 4-day 4th International Saffron Symposium on “Advances in Saffron Biology, Technology and Trade”, at SKICC here today. This Symposium in which researchers, policy makers, traders and growers from various saffron producing countries are taking part has been organized by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKUAST-K), in collaboration with the International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS), Belgium.
The Governor, who is Chancellor of the University, observed that saffron is world’s number one culinary spice and perhaps the costliest one. He added that recent researches have shown that it also has tremendous medicinal values and hoped that focussed researches would be undertaken in the country to further improve upon the headway made in the efficacy of saffron’s medicinal properties.
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Referring to the 4th International Saffron Symposium, the Governor said that it has provided a very profitable opportunity to discuss saffron biology, technology, trade and other aspects of saffron cultivation. He complimented Dr. Tej Partap, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K and the International Society for Horticulture Science,
The Governor released a Souvenir brought out by the SKUAST-K on this occasion. A number of other publications were also released at the inaugural session of the Symposium.
Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, said that saffron occupies an important place in the agricultural scenario of our State which is world famous for producing best quality saffron. He said that in J&K saffron is cultivated in the districts of Pulwama, Budgam,
Javed Ahmad Dar, Minister of State for Horticulture and Agriculture, hoped that this Symposium would act as a catalyst for enhancing productivity and production of saffron thereby promoting the economic welfare of the growers. He observed that the use of improved technologies and enhanced market linkages would help in securing the cherished goals in saffron sector.
Sanjeev Chopra, Joint Secretary, Agriculture and Mission Director, National Horticulture Mission, Government of India, said that high value agri and horticulture produce, including saffron, are an important contributors to the agri-GDP. He spoke about the National Saffron Mission and said that entire domain of saffron is being covered under this
Dr. Tej Partap, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, in his address, gave a global scenario of the cultivation of saffron as well as relevant technologies and the status of its trade. He dwelt on the measures required for making available required technologies and providing improved planting material to the growers for maximizing production of saffron which has been a high value crop for the farmers since ages. He gave details of the strides made by SKUAST-K, in this direction.
Dr. Manual Carmona,
Earlier, in his welcome address, Dr. Shafiq Ahmad Wani, Director Research, SKUAST-K, dwelt on the topics to be deliberated during the technical sessions.
Dr. F. A Nehvi, Organizing Secretary of the Symposium, presented a Vote of Thanks.
Shaleen Kabra, Commissioner/Secretary, Agriculture Production, Farooq Ahmad Lone, Director, Agriculture,