Walnut seed growing workshop for Budgam farmers to cultivate imported varieties for high production

These are farmers from Khag area of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir. Khag area is considered number one in quality walnut production in Budgam. The government has introduced a new policy under Holistic Agriculture Development so that the farmers can double their income. J&K introduced hybrid varieties of apples. Now, the agriculture university in Kashmir, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir under the programme National Seed Project, Seed Distribution and Training programme on scientific techniques for quality seed production is trying the same for walnuts. This is our first demonstration trial in Budgam, said agriculture officers. The demo trial is for the benefit of walnut farmers in Kashmir so that on-spot they can see and learn first hand. The aim of the programme is to introduce for the first time the imported exotic varieties of walnuts in Kashmir. Currently, the walnut production of Kashmir is from African varieties which yields low production, said the agriculture officers. The per area plant accommodation is low. Only one or two plants can be accommodated. In the latest lateral bearing walnut variety, at least we can accommodate 20-25 walnut plants per Kanal. This variety yields more production. The management also becomes easy whether we have to spray the plants or do inter-culture. The walnut quality from lateral bearing plants is A grade, number one which means that if 20 quintals of walnuts are harvested, then all the walnuts will be similar which will fetch a good market value. The walnut cultivators in Budgam were shown on-the spot how to grow the plants, do their spacing, about the varieties and when to plant them and their production yield.

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