November 3rd, 2013
SRINAGAR — Scientists claimed to have made a significant breakthrough by successfully cultivating six varieties of olive trees in Indian administered Kashmir.
The Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH) in summer capital Srinagar Friday claimed to have successfully cultivated olive trees which can give a huge boost to agriculture in Kashmir Valley.
“Sixty types of varieties were brought from United States, Egypt and Italy. Six Italian varieties gave good results in Kashmir’s temperate climate,” Nazir Ahmed, Director of CITH, told Srinagar based KNS news agency.
According to research done by Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture, the prevailing environment, minimum/maximum temperature, soil types, average rainfall and other related growth factors in Kashmir areas are fit for olive cultivation.
The department is now holding awareness and training programs on olive cultivation techniques and produce value added products.
“The potential areas of Kashmir can produce a large quantity of olive oil which may bring Kashmir olive oil imports to zero. There is a vast potential for olive cultivation in Kashmir which can be adopted by new plantation and grafting available wild varieties,” he said.
“These olive trees are four years old. We planted them in 2008. The commercial bearing begins after 10-12 years when the tree grows fully and fruit size is also enhanced. The average yield of olives in Spain is about 2.5 tones. We can generate a better production after treating our trees scientifically,” he told KNS. Courtesy authintmail