Himachal sends high-quality potato seeds to Leh farmers

Shimla: In response to a request by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the Himachal Pradesh government today sent 2,000 quintals of high-quality potato seeds to the cloudburst-hit Leh district, official sources said.

As many as 18 truckloads of the seeds, a gift from Himachal Pradesh, reached Leh, 434 kms from here, via Manali for distribution to farmers in the flood-affected areas of the district, the sources said.

A team of officials of the Agriculture Department of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh, had gone to Keylong in Himachal Pradesh to arrange for the supply, they said. Expressing satisfaction over the timely arrival of the seeds in Leh, Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra said he hoped that the seeds would be distributed among the affected farmers shortly.

The Chief Minister had requested the Himachal Pradesh government for supply of the seeds on the suggestion of Vohra.  The Governor, during his three-day visit to Leh in August in the aftermath of floods, had stressed the need for preparation of pragmatic area-wise time-bound action plans for the complete restoration of agriculture, horticulture and allied sectors affected by the floods.

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