Innovative Farmers Conference concludes at SKUAST-J

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JAMMU: Two days Innovative Farmers Conference on ‘Farmer Led Innovations for Enhancing Farm Income’ concludes at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J).
Prof. J.P Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu was Chief Guest on the valedictory function of the conference.
He expressed his happiness and satisfaction on successful completion of two days conference. He said that conference was first of its kind in J&K where the key speakers were the farmers who shared their achievements with scientists.
He said that the experiences shared by the progressive farmers of states like UP, MP, Jharkhand, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and our UT will motivate others farmers of Jammu and Kashmir.
He stressed that our farmers should also emulate their innovative practices for making agriculture and allied sectors a remunerative enterprise. This will enhance their socio-economic status, he added.
He reiterated that farmers should adopt improved and sustainable technological interventions to realize maximum profit. He stated that focus of University should be on ‘extension beyond production’.
He stressed on area specific research, value addition and marketing of agriproduce. He also emphasised on formation of more Farmer Producers Organizations in J&K for the empowerment of farmers.
Hariman Sharma from Himachal Pradesh discussed about successful apple cultivation under sub-tropical conditions which is mainly a temperate crop. Yogendra Kaushik of M.P. said that he is practicing organic farming and climate resilient agriculture.
He also discussed about marketing management and market intelligence for doubling farmers’ income. He also talked about enhancing his farm productivity through adoption of organic practices for which he has bagged many state and national awards.
Balram Mahto of Jharkhand expressed his gratitude towards KVK personnel for achieving niche in lac cultivation. Farmers of Doda district Hind Bhushan spoke about his success in mango and apple cultivation while Bharat Bhushan discussed about scope and potential of Purple revolution through lavender cultivation in Chenab valley.
Tilak Raj of Reasi district shared his experiences of success in lemon grass cultivation. He said that he is also involved in its processing and marketing. Kulbhushan Khajuria, a prominent dairy entrepreneur of district Jammu said that he is selling about 700 litres of milk daily by using milk ATM vending machine in different areas of Jammu.
Besides, he is also preparing vermicompost, cattle feed and silage. Ishitiaq Ahmad and Amrik Singh of Poonch, Vinod Kumar of Samba, Tariq from Bani also shared their experiences about innovative farming on the occasion. More than 100 awardee and progressive farmers from Jammu &Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh participated in the conference.
Besides, 30 farmers trained at SKUAST-Jammu under Operation Sadbhavana of Indian army also attended the conference. During the conference, progressive farmers also displayed their innovative products. All the statutory officers of the University, scientists and students attended the function. Proceedings of the valedictory function were coordinated by Dr. Pawan Sharma and vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Rakesh Sharma.

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