Jammu, June 8: Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the litchi growers of Jammu anticipating bumper crop production this season owing to pleasant weather this year.
The production of litchi has delighted the growers in Jammu district as they are getting fair prices for the seasonal fruit despite the coronavirus situation all over the country. NH1 team reached one of the villages in Jammu’s Marh block and spoke with farmers.
Shankar Singh, orchard contractor said, “We have around 500 to 600 plants and are hoping for better production due to good rains and pleasant weather this year. We are getting good response from the market and would likely to sell litchi Rs 60-70 per kg in the wholesale market easily in days to come.”
“We are producing good quality litchi as we have Dehradun, Calcutta and Felix verities and all are quality verities and having a good response in the market. As a contractor, it’s always a risky job to buy fruit orchard due to un-pleasant weather in J&K.” Singh, said.
Tirath Ram another farmer said, “I have planted around 200 plants in the orchard in one hector area in 2014 and the first production is soon will be available in the market, we are getting all support from the horticulture department. The only problem is labour charge which is very high.”
“We have planted two verities with the guidance of the department, earlier we were hesitant to go for this field, but we are happy with the response.” He added.
Chief Horticulture Officer, Jammu Sarabjit Singh said, “We have nearly 200 hector plantation exist with 500 metric ton production. We are also working hard for a new plantation and have 162 hectares of new plantation. We are also giving good schemes to farmers with subsidy benefits to increase the production of fruit plants.
Singh said, “As farmers are also aware of benefits, they are moving towards traditional farming to fruit plantation which gives them much benefit. We are equally supporting them by providing plants which have more demand in markets so they can earn better. We are also working on doubling the income of farmers which is a major thrust of the government by providing subsidies to farmers and possible atmosphere for farming.”