Hon’ble Governor & Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma Visited the India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre ( IIKSTC)

Srinagar, July 13 (IPR): The Jammu and Kashmir visiting delegation from the Sikkim government, led by the Hon’ble Governor Shri Ganga Prasad, carried out a visit at Pampore (town of saffron), Pulwama, today. The Hon’ble Minister, Agriculture and Horticulture, Shri Lok Nath Sharma & the VC Sikkim University Prof. Avinash Khare also accompanied the Hon’ble Governor along with the officials.
The Governor and the dignitaries meticulously visited the India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre ( IIKSTC). They expressed keen interest in knowing various technical aspects of processing to packaging / Quality Evaluation Laboratory. The Director of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Chowdhary Md Iqbal. elaborated the entire procedure in detail.
Thereafter, the Hon’ble Governor inaugurated the display of agricultural products and interacted with the exhibitors.
Later, a meeting was held with the official and farming community at the IIKST Centre under the gracious presence of the Hon’ble Governor.
The Governor, Shri Ganga Prasad, expressed happiness over the tripartite agreement signed on Tuesday and encouraged consistent efforts to make the mission of saffron cultivation in Sikkim successful. Addressing the farmers, he stated that the progress of the farming community is the key factor in nation-building. Hon’ble Governor was delighted to know that the quality of saffron produced in Sikkim in the pilot phase is at par with the quality of Kesar produced in Kashmir. He also focused on other temperate crops besides Kesar and advised to take trail cultivation of Kashmiri apple in Sikkim.
Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma shared that the visit to J&K was very fruitful to know new dimensions of saffron cultivation. While he drew attention to be prepared in dealing with the safety of saffron from frequent rainfall in Sikkim. He recalled a series of high-level meetings held under the leadership of the Hon’ble Governor to lead the saffron mission towards new heights of achievement. Shri Sharma also touched upon numerous initiatives, particularly the financial incentives given to the farming community in the horticulture and dairy sectors under the leadership of the Hon’ble chief minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang.
The Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim University, Prof Avinash Khare also addressed the august house.
The Additional Chief Secretary / Agriculture Production Department Shri Atal Dulloo expressed his delight in the newly signed agreement. He assured to make the joint venture successful and advised to organise training and experience exchange programmes for the farmers.
Farmers from Saffron Growers Association and local FPOs also shared their inputs. During the occasion, the local farmers of Kashmir received cheques of incentives and souvenirs for their exceptional performances. The Hon’ble Governor and Minister Shri Lok Nath Sharma handed over the cheques and token of appreciation.
On the occasion, the Hon’ble Governor, the Hon’ble Minister and the VC Prof. Khare also planted saplings at the premises

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