The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) signed four MoUs with Mission Youth, Government of JandK on November 27 in presence of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to spread financial awareness, support economic development, and encourage sustainable livelihood in the Union Territory.
As part of the mission to restore the pristine glory of Kashmiri Saffron and to provide a registered platform for Saffron growers in the Valley, the PAN-India e-auction portal was inaugurated. The portal is an initiative of the Department of Agriculture under the aegis of India International Kashmir Saffron Trading Centre (IIKSTC), to promote trading for farmers of Geographical Indications (GI)-tagged 'Kashmir Saffron'. Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director of Agriculture, Kashmir in Dussu of the Pampore district inaugurated the portal.Saffron growers in the Valley will now be able to get optimum returns of their yield, ultimately leading to the boost of the economy in the area without the interference of intermediaries. Speaking to ANI, Andrabi said that bidding had taken the price of 'lacha' variant of the saffron to Rs 227 per gram, and small farmers had greatly benefitted from the new initiative. "This day will be remembered in golden letters. We started the bidding process for 50 grams at the rate of Rs 200 per gram for lacha and Rs 185 per gram for Mogra. After the process, we closed at Rs 227 per gram for the former. This was the first day we are hopeful that there will be a surge in the saffron price which normally struggles in the open market," he said. Saffron farmers who participated in the bidding process expressed elation and gratitude for the new platform. "I am very grateful to the agriculture department for providing this platform for poor farmers. The market rate for our products was very low but when we came here to attend the auction, we got a much better deal - about Rs 185 per gram. For one kilogram, we can get upto Rs 1.85 lakh. We are extremely grateful to the Agricultural Department for this extraordinary step," said Farooq Wani, a saffron grower who participated in the auction.
Saffron is a rare spice which grows only in few places in the world and Kashmir is one of them. Its rareness makes it special and saffron has exceptional medicinal properties and is commonly used in cooking and traditional medicines. Kashmir saffron is exported worldwide. To acquire more prominence in the export market and to help farmers to get the best remunerative price, Advanced Research Station for Saffron at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir is working day and night. This research centre is equipped with all the modern facilities including high tech dripping system. Imported seeds is also playing vital role in producing high quality saffron. This high tech research centre is established by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir with the help of Centre under National Saffron Mission (NSM). Advanced Research Station for Saffron is working very well and authorities are trying to increase more facilities to help the saffron growers. The center also focuses on checking the quality of the soil and saffron seeds to improve the quality of the saffron. People also enjoy watching saffron flower when full moon shines upon the purple bloom and it becomes a sight to behold.
A local terrorist surrendered during an encounter with the security forces in the Lal Pora village of Pampore in Pulwama district on November 06. A total of two terrorists were also killed in the encounter by the security forces. The encounter began on November 05 during a search operation in Meej area of Pampore. 2 AK-47 and 2 pistols recovered from the site. 2 civilians were also injured.
Higher reaches of Pir Panjal range in Jammu and Kashmir received heavy snowfall. A thick blanket of snow engulfed the Mughal Road in Rajouri district. Snow clearance operation by local authority took place on the Mughal Road. Heavy snowfall has led to a dip in the temperature over the past few days. Mughal road connects south Kashmir's Shopian to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
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Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated its 56th Raising Day on December 01. The chief guest of the event, MoS (Home Affairs) Nityanand Rai felicitated the BSF personnel. DG of BSF, Rakesh Asthana said, "I pay my respects to families of all BSF personnel who've lost their lives in the line of duty. The BSF is the sentry to the more than 6,000 km long international border of the country. The BSF constituted with 25 battalions, is 192 battalions strong today. BSF is also working to find technical solutions to counter drone infiltrations on the western border. He further said, "We want to assure the country that our men will always stand to protect the country from the coward infiltration attempts of Pakistan, which we see have risen in the recent past." He then added, "On 20 June 2020, in the Kathua sector in Jammu, the BSF had intercepted a drone with a huge payload of weapons and ammunition."