SRINAGAR, AUGUST 21: The Government of India has approved 5 private sector proposals for setting of Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Storage projects in Jammu and Kashmir.

The sanction was accorded at a meeting of EMC held today under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary, GoI, in which Director Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), J&K, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, participated through VC.

J&K Horticulture Department, with an intention of attracting investors for setting up of more CA Storage facilities in Union Territory to meet the future requirement of storage facility for A- grade apples, the production of which is expected to increase with the launch of high density Apple plantation programme in the UT, has introduced a scheme for additional subsidy on setting up of CA Stores.

Accordingly many entrepreneurs ventured for setting up of CA Stores and their DPRs, after approval, were sent to GoI for sanction.

After threadbare discussion, 5 CA Storage projects of J&K State were approved. In respect of other proposals it was advised that necessary documents be furnished at an earliest so that these projects are also sanctioned.

Cold Store plays an important role in post-harvest management and brings better remuneration to the farmers.

Further, the Government of India desired to provide the detail of land for establishment of PEQ facility, which should be sufficient for 8 Lakh plants. In this regard, Director Horticulture visited North Kashmir and inspected Fruit Plant Nursery Zangam for the same. The funds on this account shall be provided by the Government of India. The details are being worked out.