INDIA’S FIRST SAFFRON PARK IN J&K TO BE DEDICATED TO ITS FARMERS BY EARLY 2016, SAYS ITS BUILDER – MD, NHB

INDIA’S FIRST SAFFRON PARK IN J&K TO BE DEDICATED TO ITS FARMERS BY EARLY 2016, SAYS ITS BUILDER – MD, NHB

INDIA’S FIRST SAFFRON PARK IN J&K TO BE DEDICATED TO ITS FARMERS BY EARLY 2016, SAYS ITS BUILDER – MD, NHB

 

No.PR-154
December 8, 2015
New Delhi

 

INDIA’S FIRST SAFFRON PARK IN J&K TO BE DEDICATED TO ITS FARMERS BY EARLY 2016, SAYS ITS BUILDER – MD, NHB
 

The National Horticulture Board (NHB) will dedicate its first SAFFRON PARK at Pampore in Jammu & Kashmir to its farmers by early 2016 which will produce the saffron of the finest quality to cater to its domestic and even export requirements with efficiency rate par excellence, disclosed here today its Managing Director, Dr. A K Singh.
 

Speaking at the inaugural session of National Conference on Cold Chain Infrastructure in India under aegis of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Singh also disclosed that his department has come out with subsidies schemes ranging from 35% to 50% to build multi commodities pack houses with special provisioning to storing perishables such as onion and tomato to restrict occasional and un-seasonal spike in their prices and wastages.
 

“India’s first saffron park at Pampore will become operational in next few months as the physical infrastructure for this park has almost been completed with an investment of Rs.24 crores as this park has been created at high density saffron grown areas off 35 to 40 km of Srinagar and will be dedicated to its farmers by early 2016”, said Dr. Singh adding that at this point the NHB is not contemplating creation of another such a park as one would be sufficient to harness its available potential in the Jammu & Kashmir region.
 

Elaborating on the issue of multi commodities horticulture pack houses, Dr. Singh pointed out that not many promoters had been coming forward to set up cold storages and pack houses particularly for horticulture commodities such as onions and tomatos, therefore, the government has floated a subsidy schemes for multi commodities pack houses.
 

“Especial provisions have been made to rope in promoters for pack houses for storing onions and tomatos and other such perishables with a subsidy element of 35% in northern eastern areas to cater to needs of far off and remote places and to an extent of 50% for Himalayan regions as it would make for sound supply chain system to serve the requirements of the plains”, said Dr. Singh.
 

Director, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Family Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture and Family Welfare, Mr. Pankaj Kumar in his observations announced that highly attractive and incentivized schemes are forthcoming to enable the country equip it with sound cold storages system to restrict to the minimum agriculture produce of the country.
 

CEO, Fresh & Healthy Enterprises Ltd. Mr. M L Arora in his presentation felt that refrigerated transport or cold chain distribution is still in its nascent stage in India and is way behind if compared to world standards for cargo movement.  Various industries covered under cold chain are agriculture, horticulture and floriculture, dairy, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, meat & poultry.  Presently reefer transport business in India is estimated at Rs.1,000 – 1,200 crores with only 9000 refer trucks in place against its requirement of close to 60,000 refer trucks.
 

In his welcome remarks, Vice President, PHD Chamber, Mr. Anil Khaitan in his observations said that India’s integrated cold chain industry - a combination of surface storage and refrigerated transport – has been growing at a CAGR of 20% for the last three years.  The cold chain market in India is anticipated to reach Rs.62,400 crores by 2017.
 

Director, PHD Chamber, Dr. Ranjeet Mehta moderated the Conference.
 

ENDS.

Koteshwar Prasad Dobhal
Consultant (PR)