Horticulture at a Glance

Horticulture is the backbone of the State’s economy with a yearly turn over of Rs.5000 crores. Presently, it provides direct and indirect employment to about 23.00 lakh people and most of them earn their livelihood from this sector. Presently, an area of 1.21 lakh ha. is under fruit cultivation in Jammu Province with an annual production of 1.87 lakh M.T. (2014-15). Horticulture has been declared as a thrust area by the State Government and various developmental schemes have been taken by the Department under State Sector and Central Sector for promotion of this sector and give further boost to it.

The Department of Horticulture was working under the joint command of Directorate of Agriculture upto 1967-68. Thereafter, Directorate of Horticulture was created at State level. In April 2004, Two separate Directorates were created for Jammu and Kashmir divisions. This has facilitated formulation of policies and programmes at province level.

General Profile of Jammu Division

Total area17.95 lac ha.
Area under Forests6.52 lac ha.
Area not available for cultivation
(Barren and un-cultivated land, land put to non-agricultural use)
4.96 lac ha.
Other un-cultivated land excluding fallow2.36 lac ha.
Fallow land0.47 lac ha.
Net area sown4.02 lac ha.
Net Irrigated area1.09 lac ha.
Area irrigated26%
Number of Districts10
Number of Blocks65
Number of Horticulture Zones70
Number of Panchayats1969
Number of villages3517