Ms. Mehbooba Mufti
Hon'ble Chief Minister
Smt. Priya Sethi
Hon'ble Minister of State
Shri M. H. Malik, KAS
About the Horticulture Department
The Horticulture is one of the important sectors of the State which undertakes the development of horticulture. The sector contributes immensely to strengthen the financial condition of the State, poverty alleviation, employment generation and is a core sector of Jammu and Kashmir agriculture. The variety of horticultural products of the State has earned world-wide fame because of its good quality and taste. The fruit crops grown in the state are apple, almonds, walnuts, pears, cherries and apricots in temperate areas and mango, citrus, litchi, papaya, guava etc. in subtropical areas. Saffron cultivation in Jammu and Kashmir is unique in the world.
Realizing the importance of Horticulture sector in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Horticulture Department has recently been separated from Agriculture Production Departmentat the Secretariat level.A separate full flagged Department of Horticulture is being established in order to give focused attention on the horticulture sector, which is the backbone and symbol of flourishing economic condition of the State.
The Department is presently utilizing the services of some officers of Agriculture Department from Planning, Finance and Legal side for its smooth functioning till the required numbers of officers are provided.
To secure Horticulture future by ensuring increased productivity and higher returns to the growers.
- Introduction of latest technologies to increase quality production and productivity.
- To create infrastructure by way of developing markets/mandies for post harvest management for inclusive growth.
- To promote diversification to ensure better returns.
- To bring in uncultivable land under Horticulture cultivation.