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Gurez has great potential of producing good quantity, quality potatoes: Director

Post by on Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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Srinagar, July 26: The Department of Agriculture is working on rearing and up gradation of indigenous potato variety along with providing storage facilities and promotion of marketing facilities to farmers of Gurez, having a great potential of producing good quantity, quality potatoes. 
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Muhammad Iqbal said the department is committed to tap the enormous potential of Gurez for potato cultivation both in terms of seeds and edible produce.
“In this endeavor, we are working on rearing and up gradation of indigenous potato variety along with providing storage facilities and promotion of marketing facilities to the farmers of Gurez,” he said.
Chowdhury said training on method of compost/vermicompost preparation using local available resources is also being provided.
Talking about its potential in potato cultivation, the director said Gurez is temperate and receives heavy precipitation (snow) during winters which keeps the valley snowbound and cut off from the outside world for almost six months.
The valley has a salubrious climate during summer and experiences severe cold in winter. The summer period of June, July and August experiences maximum of 30o C.
The month of November marks the beginning of harsh winter with frost which lasts upto March. During this period, temperature falls as low as -20o C.
“Heavy snowfall of 5-10 feet, mild rainfall, severe cold and snowstorms are characteristic features of winter period. At Rajdhan Pass (11,672 ft altitude) snowfall forces land route of Gurez to remain closed for five to six months due to which. The quality of soil in the valley has great potential of producing good quantity and quality of potatoes and is also suitable for growing its seeds,” he said.
The director said that being purely organic in nature, potato vegetable is positive symbol of Gurez to world in addition to its natural beauty.
He said the different varieties of potatoes that are specially cultivated in the valley are indigenous Gurez local variety is mostly grown there.
The Department is also providing training on management and development of bee-keeping as well as potato cultivation and storage methodology.

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