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Innovative Farming: Vertical Cultivation of Kashmir’s Aromatic Rice Revolutionizes Agriculture

In a groundbreaking development, Zahoor Ahmad, an agricultural scientist at the Agriculture Department of Kulgam, has pioneered the cultivation of “Mushk Budji” twice a year using vertical farming techniques. Traditionally grown in Kashmir’s fertile soil, this aromatic rice is now flourishing in a soil-less environment, heralding a new era in agricultural practices. Vertical farming, characterized by plants growing in upright towers, has revolutionized the cultivation of Mushk Budji, requiring significantly less space compared to conventional methods.

Dr. Zahoor’s experiment has demonstrated the viability of this innovative approach, offering the potential for increased yields and more frequent harvests. Speaking about the technique, Dr. Zahoor highlighted its soil-less nature, emphasizing the use of controlled environments and advanced techniques such as aquaponics, hydroponics, and aeroponics. This method not only conserves space but also minimizes resource usage, presenting a sustainable solution for agricultural challenges. The success of this experiment underscores the adaptability and resilience of Kashmir’s agriculture sector. With a moderate cost involved, vertical farming offers a feasible and accessible option for farmers, promising increased productivity and economic benefits. As the horizon of agricultural possibilities expands, Dr. Zahoor’s pioneering work paves the way for a more prosperous future in farming.

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Sajad Rasool

Sajad Rasool manages Kashmir Unheard. He works as a Producer and Editor

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