Punjab to build horticulture estates to help produce high-quality fruits
The Punjab government said on Monday that it will build horticulture estates in the districts of Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Faridkot, and Ludhiana.
These estates, outfitted with cutting-edge technological information and machinery, will provide horticulturists with resources to help them produce high-quality fruits while lowering production costs.
According to an official release, Horticulture Minister Fauja Singh Sarari revealed this during a meeting with his department staff here.
He directed officials to convert as much land as possible to horticultural crops by persuading farmers to abandon the current wheat-paddy crop cycle.
He also instructed horticulture officials to raise awareness about the importance of conserving groundwater, which is rapidly diminishing in Punjab.
The minister also directed the officers to encourage palm trees and other ornamental plant nurseries in Punjab since these plants sell at high prices and can be a profitable investment for farmers.
Sarari further stated that Punjab is the greatest producer of potato seeds in the country and that an aeroponic unit and tissue culture facility will be created in Jalandhar with a ₹10-crore investment.