Anticipating a sharp increase in apple production in coming years, J&K Governor N N Vohra called on state minister Syed Basharat Bukhari to go for timely advance planning for cold chains to preserve the produce. Syed Basharat Ahmed Bukhari, Minister for Horticulture, met Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today. Keeping in view the very large increase in apple production which is bound to take place in the next few years, when the first lot of high density plantation start bearing fruit, Governor advised Bukhari to undertake timely advance planning for the establishment, by growers and entrepreneurs, the requisite cold chain for preservation of the fruit till it is marketed at maximum gain in late winter, a Raj Bhavan spokesman said. "Side by side, processing units should also be set up", the governor told him. Bukhari apprised the governor of several important issues relating to the rapid advancement of horticulture sector which has a very high potential for generating surpluses and enlarging employment opportunities in the state. The governor stressed on Bukhari the need to exploit the enormous scope for establishing fruit processing units all over the Valley and attending to the protection and diversification of horticulture products.
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