March 28:Governor N.N. Vohra has directed the Agriculture Production Department to establish a Committee of Expertlook into all the problems faced by the walnut and kernel sector in the State.
This Committee, headed by Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K, shall comprise Director Horticulture (Planning & Marketing) J&K, Director Horticulture Kashmir, Director Horticulture Jammu, Director CITH Kashmir, representatives of the Industry and any other officer who may require to be co-opted by the Chairman.
This Committee will suggest short and long term measures for the advancement of the walnut and kernal sectors; study the market and make necessary recommendations for improving the profitability for the growers and examine any other issue which may be brought up before the Committee. It will submit its report within one month.
Considering the importance of this sector, an allocation of Rs. 500 crore has been earmarked for its development under the Prime Minister’s Development Package.