J&K bags ‘Star of Governance-SKOCH Award in Horticulture’
Srinagar: The Jammu & Kashmir UT has been awarded the ‘Star of Governance-SKOCH Award in Horticulture’ in the SKOCH State of Governance Report 2021.
The UT was awarded at an event held at New Delhi as a part of ‘India Governance Forum’.
J&K has topped in the Horticulture category nationally in the ‘SKOCH State of Governance Report 2021’.
Secretary in Agriculture Production Department, Mohammad Akbar Wani received the award on behalf of Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Production Department.
The award was presented by Chairman, SKOCH Group Sameer Kochhar.
SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third-party assessment.
It is the only award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. It, therefore, recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation.
Notably, horticulture is a major sector of the UT of J&K and plays a key role in the economy of the UT and has got the potential to transform the economy of the UT.
Eight Lakh families are associated with the industry and contribute about 10 percent of the UT GDP.
The sector has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years. The award was conferred particularly for advancement in High-Density apple plantation and walnut cultivation.