At SKUAST Mega Kissan Mela, thousands celebrate Kashmir's agriculture

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Srinagar: Thousands of farmers, coming from across the state, thronged the first day of the Kissan Seed Mela organised by SKUAST-Kashmir organised at its Shalimar campus today.

With a theme “Doubling Farmers Income”, the mela was jointly inaugurated by Professor Mehraj-ud-Din Mir, Vice-Chancellor, Central University, Kashmir and Professor Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K.

The event was aimed at showcasing the technologies developed by the SKUAST-K in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, sericulture, livestock, poultry, fisheries, aquaculture, farm machinery and tools, Prof Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K told Ziraat Times at the event.

Prof Mushtaq Ahmed, Director Extension, while speaking to Ziraat Times, added that one of the objective of the Mela is to strengthen the linkage between the scientific community and farmers related to the research value-added products across the agricultural spectrum.

"The extension directorate of the university undertakes multitude of such extension activities to make the benefits of scientific research happening at the university to farming communities. And we will continue it in the coming days", he added. 

Thousands of farmers at the Mela were busy enthusiastically buying various products put at sale there. 

Dr Farooq Ahmad Aga, Deputy Director (I&P), told Ziraat Times that the event was carefully planned to provide an excellent environment of interface between the farming communities, scientists, innovators and industry.

Directorate of Extension has put on display a variety of research value-added products at the Mela.

Other organisations and departments displaying their research products include Faculties of Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture,  Fisheries,  Division of Food Science and Technology, Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, SKUAST-K, Division of Vegetable Science, School of Agri-Economics and Horti-Business Management, Division of Agriculture Engineering, and others.

The Mela will continue on Monday. 

Ziraat Times catches glimpses from the stalls displaying and selling innovative agricultural products

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Training programme at SKUAST-K

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Baramulla: DC, Baramulla, flagged a team of 40 farmers for an agricultural tour to SKUAST Shalimar, under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme.

The one-day training programme organized by Horticulture Department aimed at educating progressive farmers with new and modern methodologies in the farming sector and was held at on Jan 10th, 2018. 

The farmers were urged to avail benefits of the programme so that overall production and productivity is enhanced. 

Horti-poultry rearing system to optimise resource utilisation

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Sinagar: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology-Kashmir’s Centre for Research on Poultry, Division of Livestock Production and Management (LPM), Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Shuhama, conducted field day on backyard poultry at Shirpora, Pattan in District Baramulla on Jan 2. 

The programme was organised under ICAR sponsored Poultry Seed Project. Associate Professor LPM, SKUAST-K, Dr Azmat Alam Khan, appraised the farmers on the importance of backyard poultry farming, recent scientific interventions aimed at popularising backyard poultry farming including introduction of improved breeds like Vanraja, innovative and alternate rearing system, feeding, breeding and health care practices. 

Importance of bio-security measures, use of litter materials and supplementary feeding in backyard poultry farming was stressed upon. Farmers expressed satisfaction over the extension outreach programme of SKUAST and requested for more such programmes.

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Orientation for SKUAST’s newly-recruited scientists held

Srinagar, Jan 5: First orientation course for the newly-recruited scientific staff of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir started at main campus Shalimar. This course is being organised by the Directorate of Education of the University. 

The Orientation is for the newly recruited Scientific Staff (Assistant Professor-cum-Jr.Scientists/Subject Matter Specialists) working in Various Faculties/Research Stations/Units/Centres & KVKs of the Varsity across Kashmir and Ladakh Divisions. It will run from 4th January to 3rd February 2018.

The orientation course was inaugurated today by Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K. Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, in his inaugural address highlighted the challenges faced by farming sector by agro-climate, small land holdings, communication problems & marketing issues. He discussed threadbare the opportunities in farming in the face of these challenges. Vice-Chancellor said that the University has contributed a lot but young scientists should shoulder their responsibility in a much bigger way needs to do more to make farming a remunerative enterprise, as well as to double the farmers income.  

The University expects that this new crop of teachers, researchers & extension specialists will help the University and society in achieving the set goals of the sector. He impressed upon the new recruits to take this opportunity of serving the society as a challenge & take the University to greater heights. He also advised the participants to conceive research proposals for funding under national funding for specific crops of the different agro climatic zones where the scientists are working and work with responsibility, sincerity and honestly to ameliorate the challenges farmers are facing. He also delivered a lecture to the participatants on overview of SKUAST-Kashmr, challenges, opportunities and expections..

Prof. Shakil Ahmad Wani, Director Education, SKUAST-Kashmir, welcomed Directors, Deans, Other Officers, HODs and the participants and stated that the idea was conceived by Vice-Chancellor to orient the freshers with basic mandates and activities of the University so as to facilitate starting their career in the University with planned vision and direction for overall development of the University for the best interest of farming Community and the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Dr. Mohammad Saleem Associate Director Research, Organizing Secretary of the Course presented vote of thanks at last.

SKUAST holds farmer trainings


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Srinagar, Jan 2: One day training programme for rural women on “Modern Technology of vegetable production” under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana was held at SKUAST-K on Monday, Jan Ist, 2018. 

Farming women were made aware about the use of modern technologies in vegetable production to strengthen production and also boost economic returns. 

A farm kit was also distributed among the participants at the end of the event.

Training on mulberry farming held at Mirgund


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Srinagar, Jan 2: A 10-day training programme on “Integration module for Mulberry based farming system” was organised by Temperate Sericulture Research Institute, Mirgund,

SKUAST-K from 19-28 Dec, 2017. The training program was sponsored by the Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi. 

The purpose of the programme was to address contemporary issues and techniques, disseminate technical information through integration of mulberry and vegetable cultivation, which can act as effective means for doubling the income of farmers of the state of J&K. 

Distinguished practitioners from the relevant field, scientists, research scholars and students participated in the training programme.

Training program for Afghan officials commences at SKUAST, Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 29: A ten-day training program for Afghan Ministry of Agriculture officials has just begun at SKUAST Kashmir today. 

The 10-day international training programme on “Effective Extension Methodologies through KVKs” will be conducted between Dec. 29th, 2017 to Jan 6th, 2018.

The training, which aims at acquainting the participants about the effective extension methodologies to transform their agriculture and livestock sectors through effective result oriented practices, is being attended by the officers /delegates of the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Extension while welcoming the participants expressed that the deliberations during the training programme will be of immense value for helping in transfer of technologies to the grassroots level.

Prof Nazeer Ahmed Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir, while speaking at the inaugural function, highlighted the research and extension endeavours made by SKUAST-Kashmir and expressed his hope that owing to similarity in topography, crops and climate between Afghanistan and Kashmir, some innovative technologies and varieties developed by SKUAST-K can be highly instrumental in strengthening agriculture and livestock production in Afghanistan and that the methodologies adopted for transfer of technologies from research to the main extension system and the farming community that will go a long way in reshaping the extension outreach activities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 

Prof. Shakeel Ahmad, Director Education also spoke on the occasion. The inaugural session was attended by the Directors, Deans, officers and scientists from the Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir. 

SKUAST-Kashmir observes World Soil Health Day

Srinagar, Dec 7: On the eve of the World Soil Day, Sher—i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir, held functions across Krishi Vigyan Kendras in Kashmir and Ladakh Divisions.    

About 1300 Soil Health Cards were distributed among the farming community by the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of the University KVKs under the aegis of SKUAST-Kashmir. The soil samples got from farmers fields were tested for analyzing the soil health conditions and based on the reports of the samples, recommendations were given for improving the soil health aimed for better production and productivity.   

 Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, attended a programme at KVK Dooru, Anantnag where he distributed Soil Health Cards to the farmers.   

 Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Nazeer highlighted the importance of soil for better production and productivity and emphasized that we need healthy soils to achieve our food security and nutrition goals, to fight climate change and to ensure overall sustainable development. He also said that such a delivery from soils in terms of productivity of crops is only possible if we give due consideration to the improvement and maintenance of the health of the soils. He also advised the farmers to have a regular monitoring of soils through different KVKs of the University.   

 Prof. Nazeer further advised farmers to adhere to the scientific interventions in their fields and take advantage of the Farm Science Centers established in every district of the State stressing that these centers are created with an aim to cater to the requirements of the farmers in terms of income generations and skill development for unemployed youth and vocational training to girls. He advised farmers to seek proper guidance from the scientists of all disciplines of agricultural sciences in these KVKs.   

Earlier on the day, the vice-chancellor visited Mountain Field Crop Research Station at Khudwani, Kulgam a premier rice research station of the university. He took stock of the research activities of land races including local Kashmiri traditional varieties. Associate Director Research Dr. G.A. Parray gave first hand information about the different varieties of rice, rapeseed-Mustard and wheat being grown in the station.   

 Vice-Chancellor also took round of the laboratories and interacted with the scientists. He also met the non-teaching staff of the Station and heard their concerns which were highlighted by them. 


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Srinagar, Jan 3: 

Centre for Research on Poultry, Division of Livestock Production and Management, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, Shuhama, Alusteng conducted Field day on Backyard Poultry at Shirpora Pattan in District Baramulla on 02-01-2018. The programme was organised under ICAR sponsored Poultry Seed Project.

The Programme was conducted at the Residence of Contact Farmer of Centre for Research on Poultry Mr Abdul Rashid Wani. Dr Azmat Alam Khan, Associate Professor LPM, SKUAST-K appraised the farmers about the importance of backyard poultry farming, recent scientific interventions aimed at popularising backyard poultry farming including introduction of improved breeds like Vanraja, innovative and alternate rearing system, feeding, breeding and health care practices. Dr Khan urged farmers to practice Horti-Poultry rearing system to optimise resource utilisation and enhance returns.

Importance of bio-security measures, use of litter materials and supplementary feeding in backyard poultry farming was stressed upon.

Farmers expressed satisfaction over the extension outreach programme of SKUAST and requested for more such programmes by SKUAST-K keeping in view the fact that SKUAST-K does not have much presence in District Baramulla in terms of KVK activities. Farmers were advised to contact SKUAST-K for thier technology needs through Faculty of Agriculture Wadura and Temperate Sericulture Research Institute Mirgund located in Distt. Baramulla or through Directorate of Extension, Shalimar.