Record vegetable and fruit production in central Kashmir

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Srinagar, Apr 25 (UNI) A record 1.75 lakh tonnes of vegetables and 85 thousand metric tonnes of fruits were produced in the central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said.

Deputy Commissioner of Badgam Khawaja Farooq Renzu said that a record production of 1.75 lakh tons of vegetables were recorded in the district during last Kharief.

He said 80,000 tonnes of vegetables were exported thus fetching income of Rs 45 crored to the farmers.

During the same period 85,000 metric tonnes a fruit were produced, of these 70,000 metric tonnes were fresh fruits.

Khawaja Renzu said 172 km roads were mettled, 38 km roads black topped, 5000 fair weather roads constructed and 34 bridges were completed.

Water supply schemes Ziarat Pakherpora, Humhama and Tulsaira- Tujan were completed at a cummulative cost of Rs 2.39 crore while 15 schools of primary and middle standard were upgraded, 3700 students of first and second primary provided merit scholarships while 84,000 student upto eight standard were provided free text books.

202 new schools were opened, 173 primary schools upgraded to middle level and 872 teachers were engaged as Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers in the district during the period.

Teaching work in Degree College Khansahib is being commenced from current session of study, he added.

He said under Rural Development sector 1.85 lakh man days of work were generated by completing of 1043 rural development works.

National Rural Employment Assurance Scheme has been launched this month and so far 10,000 rural youths have been registered.

He said that out of 496 village of Budgam 475 villages have been electrified and nearly 500 transformers were repaired.

UNI BAS MYK AM RK1350

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