The Government of Jammu and Kashmir recently organized the Saffron festival at Pampore.
Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir organised this festival in the karewa of Pampore.
The festival was organised in collaboration with the Agriculture Department, SKUAST Kashmir, Cooperative Societies and local saffron growers.
Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir who was Chief Guest on the occasion said Kashmiri saffron is popular all over the world and we all need to work together to maintain its reputation. He said the government has introduced several measures to boost saffron production through technological interventions, technological support and irrigation facilities.
He said that farmers need to take advantage of technological interventions and make use of the better irrigation facilities and GI certification for better returns. He also exhorted the farmers that they should not use the karewa land for any other purpose as this land produces the world’s best saffron. He said that the tourists have added to the economy of the locals as the tourists are experiencing the landscape of the saffron fields.
He said that GI tagging has opened new windows for Kashmir saffron and the government is endeavoring to ensure that all the globally accepted quality parameters are met during the cultivation and post harvest management of the saffron.