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Saffron Park Project at Pampore, Pulwama in J&K
Aug 26, 2014

Recently, the foundation stone was laid for the Saffron Park Project at Pampore, Pulwama in J&K. The saffron park is being developed by National Horticulture Board, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India under National Saffron Mission at a cost of Rs. 24.54 crores. Horticulture is one of the most vibrant sectors for the economy of J&K so, the state has come out with various missions with the support of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India to improve production, post-harvest infrastructure and marketing and promote export of major commercial fruit crops. Programmes like Horticulture Mission for NE and Himalayan States, vegetable initiatives for Urban Cluster, National Saffron Mission have given a big boost for bringing horticulture development in the state of J&K at a fast track. 

The area under Saffron cultivation in Kashmir is declining from about 5707 hectares in 1996 to just 3875 hectares in 2010-11 bringing down the production from 3.13 kg/hectares to 2.47 kg/hectares in the last few years. Large number of Saffron fields have become senile on account of low plant population and it is said that the major biotic stress faced by Saffron for several years is ‘Corm Rot Fungal Infection’. In order to overcome such problems, the project for Economic Revival of J&K Saffron Sector has been implemented in a Mission mode

This project has many components to ensure that interventions are timely and have identifiable performance. The components of the Mission include rejuvenation/replanting of existing Saffron area for improving productivity, improving soil health, Standardization of quality corm production in public nurseries, strengthening the irrigation system, enhancing productivity through improved post-harvest handling, mechanization, enhancement of research and extension capabilities etc. 

Farmers in Kashmir are using traditional methods of processing i.e. after plucking of flowers, the stigmas are separated by family labour and sun dried. This results in sharp degeneration in quality, leading to non-standard products. To compete in international market, this industry requires best of art infrastructure facilities so, the National Horticulture Board has been assigned the task of setting up a world class infrastructure facility for Saffron Park intended for processing and value addition of Saffron. The Park will have common facility infrastructure for sorting, grading, packing, quality control lab, e-auction centre, garbage/waste utilization among other latest facilities. It is also proposed to create branding of Kashmir Saffron. The quality control laboratory will issue qualify certificate of various grades, for which a certification authority will be designated by the State Government. This would significantly discourage adulteration and sale of low grade Saffron being sold in the name of Kashmir Saffron. The Board will also develop the common infrastructure facilities like Roads, Water Supply System, Power Stations, Firefighting & Control Systems, Bank Counters, Restaurant, Business Centres etc. within the Park. 

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