Srinagar city is going to get a Japanese Cherry Blossom Theme Garden with the help of the central government.
The virtual meeting of officers of Floriculture Department with the Japanese authorities and Union Ministry of External Affairs was recently to finalize the modalities with the government of Japan.
The meeting had elaborate deliberation on various issues regarding the project like procurement of planting material from Japan and technical guidance.
Cherry Theme Garden’ is a Rs 10 crore project, an extension plan for Tulip Garden, Srinagar to make it more attractive and magnificent for the visitors. The project is being facilitated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
While highlighting broad contours of the project, Commissioner Secretary Floriculture, said that there will be a requirement of about 2500 cherry trees in the first instance and certain varieties have been identified that will suit our place. He said that the department will be preferably exporting plants in a phased manner to ascertain the behaviour of the plants and later go for expansion.
He informed that a 3-member team of officers will visit Japan to get a firsthand experience of the plants and will make sure the best plant material is exported for the Cherry Theme Garden in Srinagar.
He added that Jammu and Kashmir has huge potential for floriculture activities with modern farming technologies as a game changer for J&K’s economy.