Jammu, November 20: Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore inaugurated the first picking of Seedless Cucumber grown under protected cultivation at Krishi Bhawan Talab Tillo Jammu. Seedless Cucumber is being grown here under Naturally Ventilated Polygreen House using advanced vegetable cultivation practices for Demonstration purpose for the farmers. Joint Director Agriculture (Extension), B. K. Zutshi, Deputy Director (Central), Ravinder Thaploo, Mushroom Development Officer, Jammu, Vijay Bhagat and AEO (Vegetables) Rohit Singh Ballowria were present on the occasion besides others.
Director Agriculture speaking on the occasion said that efforts are being made to popularize high tech interventions by the Department for doubling farmer’s income and attracting the educated unemployed youth towards agriculture entrepreneurship. He stressed upon the officers to motivate the farmers to go for the production of exotic and high-value vegetables under protected and controlled conditions to get round the year production for high returns.
Agronomist (Vegetables), A.S. Reen elaborated in detail the scope of Seedless Cucumber and other exotic vegetables and highlighted the dietary and health benefits of Seedless Cucumber. He further said that seedless cucumber is a good source of vitamins A, B & C, antioxidants and are good for skin, kidneys, heart and has anti-carcinogenic properties. Harvesting of seedless cucumber will continue up to one and a half months from now, he added.