Ganderbal: Technology has changed every aspect of life and it has also enhenced the agriculture sector. A recent development has come from Ganderbal district were farmers has started cultivation of Watermelon in their feilds.
The Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, known for growing unique grape and cherry varieties, has just begin growing watermelons.
The areas of block Wakura, including the villages of Ahan and Batwina are now cultivating watermelons in their fields.
Farmers in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district who have started growing the fruit crop in their fields are earning good returns, and the trend of growing watermelon fruits in some areas is gaining momentum here. As watermelon is well-known throughout the world for its health benefits and delectable taste.
A local grower said that he has been cultivating watermelons in his fields for the last three years.
He said that they had cultivated the watermelon as an experimental crop and so far they are satisfied with the income generated from it. “Last year we incurred some losses but this year the rates are good and we expect good income.
e said if the farmers are provided with proper information, knowledge and awareness the crop can fetch good returns.
The people of Kashmir prefer to watermelons during the summer and demand is always high and people will prefer locally cultivated watermelons.
Meanwhile, an official of the Agriculture department in Ganderbal said that around 20 kanals of land is under cultivation for watermelon which mostly is in Batwina and adjacent areas.
The agriculture department has taken an initiative in collaboration with the local farm owners to introduce and grow genetically modified seeds of several varieties of melons, in last three years has proved successful.
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