Shri Navin Kumar Choudhary, IAS
Principal Secretary To The Government

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 Departmental 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.

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We aim to strengthen an enabling environment to enhance contribution of Horticulture in GDP, making the growers of J&K market leader in high quality produce through efficient and profitable processes which will deliver value to our expertise, increasing returns to growers and enhance employment.


  • 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.