Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar chaired the 66th Board of Directors (BoDs) meeting of Jammu and Kashmir Horticulture Produce and Marketing Corporation (JKHPMC) at Civil Secretariat here.
The BoDs meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Finance, Santosh D Vaidya; Secretary Planning, Piyush Singla; Secretary in Agriculture Production department, Shabnam Kamili; MD JKHPMC, Imamuddin; Director Horticulture Jammu, Director Horticulture Production and Marketing and other concerned officers both in person and through video conferencing.
During the meeting, the BoDs held detailed deliberation on various development projects of the Corporation both under execution as well as the ones being implemented during the current financial year under CAPEX Budget.The Board also reviewed the Corporation’s financial and operational performance during the previous year and took stock of progress made on the ongoing projects and initiatives.
The Board, during the meeting, also discussed the progress of ongoing projects like food processing and packaging centre at Doabagh, Food processing and packaging unit at Narwal Jammu, integrated hi-tech sorting , grading and packaging centre at Doabagh, common incubation centre for processing of fish and marine products at Achabal, common incubation centre for processing of dairy and bakery products at Narwal and similar other projects.
Speaking during the meeting, Advisor Bhatnagar impressed upon the management of the Corporation to optimise its operations and use of assets besides exploring new areas to maximize its potential. He also delved on them to bring technological diversification in the Corporation so that it can compete with present industries of food sector.
The Advisor further emphasized on the importance of fostering innovation, enhancing market outreach, and ensuring the welfare of the agricultural community in the region by promoting hi-tech horticulture activities. During the meeting, MD, JKHPMC gave a detailed presentation on the progress of various ongoing projects of the corporation as well as other related aspects of the JKHPMC.