ICAR DG inaugurates ‘Walnut Propagation Centre’ at Kashmir’s CITH

The special micro-propagation centre at Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH) where about 15,000 walnut plants will be developed, was recently inaugurated by Dr T Mohapatra, Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research

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New Delhi/Srinagar: Each year, India exports its walnut to the countries including France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, United Arab Republic, Nepal, Germany and Sweden. As per available statistics, the country has exported 2,191.19 MT of Walnuts to the world for the worth of Rs. 55.27 crores/ 8.27 USD Millions during the year 2016-17.

Among the few states that produce walnuts in India including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir occupies the largest share in total area and production.

The state that has been known for its quality and quantity of walnuts has now got a dedicated propagation centre for walnuts at Srinagar.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), inaugurated Walnut Propagation Centre at Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH), Srinagar on 10 June 2018. The centre has the production capacity of 15,000 walnut plants under polyhouse conditions.

Dr Mohapatra suggested the scientists to work on breeding of apple with respect to scab resistance and emphasize on development of varieties with potential to resist the changing climatic conditions, and publish results on time. He also discussed about the improvement and large scale commercialization of proven technologies developed by the institute.

Dr Mohapatra also visited laboratories, technology centre, rootstock bank and different experimental orchards of the institute.

Mr Chhabilendra Roul, Special Secretary (DARE) & Secretary (ICAR) Dr Anand Kumar Singh, DDG, Horticulture & Crop Sciences, ICAR, Dr Joykrushna Jena, DDG (Fisheries Science) and other dignitaries from ICAR were also present.