STORY: State government of India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state organized an auction of fruit orchards on Sunday (July 01) in the state’s summer capital, Srinagar.
The auctioning was organized by department of horticulture, floriculture and Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) at Rajbagh. This was undertaken keeping the interest of fruit growers in mind, which would be given advances so that growers start the upkeep process of the orchards which they acquired during the auction. This would in turn help the growers financially.
Aimed at employment generation, these orchards yield dry fruits which include cherry, plum, apricot, apple, almond and nuts. Most of the population, almost seventy percent, is associated with this industry, said a horiculture officer, Manzoor Ahmad.
The Kashmir valley is one of the largest states in the country, in terms of export of dry fruits. The dry fruit markets in India have shown remarkable growth owing to the growing gift culture during various festivals and occasions along with the rising health awareness among the consumers.
Moreover, the user industries of dry fruits are also growing steadily leading to its increased demand from these sectors.