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Kashmir Valley is the apple bowl of the country both in terms of area under plantations and production. It provides livelihood to lakhs of people in the valley, both on farm and off sector. However from the past one decade, farmers have been recording falling yeild of apple crop (upto 30-40%) due to inadequate crop pollination. The Niche Area of Excellence Programme on "Pollination Management Research in apples and Other Fruits in Kashmir Valley" was sanctioned by ICAR vide No. F.No.10(5)/2012-EPD dated 26-03-2012 with a total financial support of Rs. 433 lakhs commencing from the year 2011-2012. The programme was approved keeping in view the inadequate crop apple production in valley conditions accuring a loss of about 1600 crores anually to the apple growing economey of Kashmir Valley. The proposal approved in this behalf is aimed to develop R&D capacities of the University leading to faciliating managed pollination of apple and other fruit crops in Kashmir Valley.

The goal of Project is to reverse the declining productivity and production especially apple and the benefits include improved production and quality of fruit crops (30-40% as of now), increase in farmers incomes as well as improved ecosystem services with respect to pollinators and pollenizers.

  Prof.Nazeer Ahmad
Vice chancellor skuast-K
  Dr. Shafiq Wani
Project Lead
(Director Research)
  Dr. M. A. Paray
Assoc. Professor
(Principal Investigator)



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