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J&K SAC takes several decisions

Srinagar, Sep 12 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here under the chairmanship of Governor Satyla Pal Malik, took a number of decisions, an official spokesman said on Wednesday evening.
He said the SAC approved the proposal of Horticulture Department for setting up of walnut processing units in the private sector through an enabled interest subvention scheme.
The objective is to increase the processing capacity of walnuts in the state. The adherence to scientific processing and grading practices shall fetch better returns in today’s competitive market.
The scheme will facilitate the interest subvention of 100 per cent for a period of five years on a loan of Rs one crore availed for establishing of Walnut Processing Unit of 500 MTs capacity in Private sector. Ten walnut processing units of 500 metric tonne capacity each have been targeted under the scheme.
In another similar decision, the SAC approved setting up of the walnut nurseries in the private sector with an attractive interest subvention and subsidy support.
This scheme shall facilitate 50 per cent subsidy, subject to a ceiling of Rs 7.5 lakh, for establishing a walnut nursery with high tech poly green house, costing Rs 15 lakh in private sector and 100 per cent interest subvention on balance loan raised for the purpose, for a period of five years.
Seven walnut nurseries are targeted to be covered under the scheme during 2018-19.
The proposal aims to encourage private entrepreneurs for establishment of walnut nurseries for the production of grafted walnut plants, which are having huge demand not only in the state, but also in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and North Eastern States.
The availability of grafted walnut plants of the recommended varieties shall boost the production of walnuts in the state. This will also help in production of uniform produce.
The SAC also approved the proposal of Horticulture Department for promoting Aloe Vera cultivation, both in public, as well as the private sector.
The proposal aims to promote Aloe Vera cultivation for overall development of Horticulture sector in Jammu Division by providing 75 per cent subsidy, subject to a ceiling of Rs 0.75 lakh per hectare, for plantation of Aloe Vera in 50-hectare area in the districts of Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur and Reasi under private sector.
Besides, an Aloe Vera nursery and three Aloe Vera processing units shall be established in the public sector for making planting material available and processing the produce of the growers for higher returns.
The SAC also approved the proposal of Horticulture Department for facilitating private players to establish more Controlled Atmosphere stores (CA) stores in the State by providing additional back ended subsidy support.
Private entrepreneurs shall be encouraged to establish more CA stores in the J&K State, thus increasing the withholding capacity of orchardists for 'A' grade Apple, as result of which supply of Apples can be regulated for better returns to the orchardists by providing 33 per cent back ended subsidy (Maximum up to Rs 7.26 crore on pro rata basis) on establishment of 5000 MT capacity CA storage facility, in addition to the back-ended subsidy already available under the Centrally-sponsored scheme Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture.
The additional subsidy support shall be provided to 10 CA stores of at least 5000 MTs capacity each which shall be coming up in the state during two years, i.e. 2018-19 and 2020-21.
In another major decision, SAC approved the proposal for providing interest subvention for procurements of Refrigerated vans. The proposal aims to encourage private entrepreneurs to purchase refrigerated vans in the state by providing 100 per cent interest subvention for their procurement.
The introduction of refrigerated transport system shall prove a boon for marketing of fruits, particularly the perishable ones, besides maintaining cold chain by providing. Two types of refrigerated trucks are generally used for carrying fruits to terminal markets having capacity of 9 MTs and 16 MTs costing approximately Rs 32 lakh and Rs 46 lakh, respectively.
The maximum subsidy permissible under MIDH is Rs 13 lakh per vehicle of 9 MTs capacity and above. The entrepreneur raises 70 per cent of the loan usually at the rate of 12 per cent per annum.
Besides, 100 per cent interest subvention on the loan raised for procurement of such vehicles less by subsidy provided under MIDH has been approved. The 100 per cent interest subvention shall be provided for purchase of 10 Refrigerated vans, including five vans of nine tonne capacity and five vans of 16 tonne capacity, for a period of five years on the reducing balance of loan.
In another decision, the SAC also approved transfer of state land measuring 77 Kanal & 17 Marla situated at villages of Regipora, Bohipora and Kupwara of District Kupwara to the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) for establishing Krishi Vigyan Kendra.
The SAC further directed the Agriculture Production Department to take up the matter with SKUAST-Kashmir/Jammu for establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendras in other districts of the State, as are without such facilities.
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