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Focus on Horticulture in Hills Can Transform Hill Economy : Vibodh

Launches a Major Plantation Drive in Rajouri

Initiating a major plantation drive in various villages of Rajouri, BJP senior leader and MLC Vibodh Gupta today urged everyone to come forward and be part of such plantation drives. During this plantation drive 250 plants of Mosami were planted in the private land owned by Ved Prakash at Agrati village. Addressing the gathering at Agrati village Vibodh said that present rainy season is the perfect time for plantation and everyone must make best use of this. He said that such plantation drives besides helping in nature conservation go a long way in sustaining economy of the hill region. He further added that Pir Panjal region has tremendous potential for growing various types of fruits. This potential of this hilly area needs to be exploited and more and more types of fruit plants should be grown here. This he said is the best solution to hill agriculture. He called upon the young educated youth that presently there is a great demand of fruits from this region and this demand can be fulfilled only if our youth will come forward and adopt various types of latest horticultural techniques to grow more and more fruits. This he said on one side will address the problem of unemployment and on the other hand can create more jobs in the area. Another important benefit which local people can get from such initiatives is also a value addition to their products by making juice and Jams from their products. MLC Vibodh said that present Government is very seriously giving due consideration to Horticulture sector as well and our youth must come forward to get benefits from various Government schemes in this sector. Horticulture Deaprtment of District Rajouri was part of this initiative. Sardar Kirtan Singh, Chief Horticulture Officer and Mohd. Iqbal District Horticultue Officer Rajouri accompanied MLC Vibodh during this plantation drive.