STATE TIMES NEWSREASI: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies of Jammu (SKUAST-J) organized awareness programme on “Balanced use of fertilizers” through virtual mode which was attended by a number of farmers/farmer women/ rural youths of Reasi Distt.The programme was organised under the guidance of Prof.JP Sharma, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-J. Prof.SK Gupta, Director Extension of SKUAST-J graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In his keynote address, Prof. Gupta stressed on the soil health management and said that a healthy soil can produce the healthy crop. He added that recommended doses of manures and fertilizers should be utilized by the farmers for their maximum profits.He appreciated the KVK, Reasi for the welfare of the farmers of the district. Dr.Vikas Sharma, Prof. & HOD, Division of Soil Science, SKUAST-J elaborated the importance of soil health and guided farmers on soil testing. He also guided farmers on eco-friendly technologies and certification procedure required for the organic farming.Dr.Banarsi Lal, Sr. Scientist and Head of KVK, Reasi formally welcomed the participants and briefed the objective of the programme. He spoke on the fertilizers use efficiency and suggested the recommended doses of manures and fertilizers in different crops for maintaining the soil fertility. He also highlighted the need of organic farming for the safe and quality food in the present era. Dr. Tasneem Mubarak, Sr.Scientist and Head of KVK, Kulgam guided farmers on management of soil health and advocated the balance use of manures and fertilizers for more returns. He also spoke on the cost of cultivation and discussed on the use of FYM, compost, vermicompost, fertigation, crop residue management etc. Dr.SK Singh, Assoc. Prof., OFRC, SKUAST-J guided farmers’ on the application of biofertilizers and the formulation of various bio-agents used in organic farming.Dr.Vivek Mohan Arya, Asstt. Prof., Division of Soil Science, emphasized on the soil testing and guided farmers on the technique of soil sampling. He spoke in length on the use of Leaf Colour Charts and apprised farmers about the macro & micro-nutrients required for the plants. Rajesh Verma, Distt.Agriculture Officer & Nodal Officer Fertilizers, Deptt. of Agriculture, Reasi spoke in length on the soil health card scheme and guided farmers about the various agricultural schemes ongoing in the distt. He emphasized on the Integrated Farming System for sustainable development in agriculture. Dr. Sanjay Kaushal, Scientist spoke on Integrated Nutrient Management and guided farmers on soil analysis. He stressed on vermicomposting technology and other organic formulations. A special session on farmer-scientists interaction was also organised during which the various quarries were raised by the farmers which were answered satisfactorily by the experts. The programme was also attended by Adarsh Gupta, DDM, NABARD, Reasi, Dr. Lalit Upadhyay, Dr. Suja Nabi Qureshi, Dr. Arvinder Kumar, Dr. Lobzang Stanzen, Jagdish Kumar, Manohar Lal, Preeti Chaudhary, Baby Rani and others. The programme was assisted by Jagdish Kumar and concluded by Dr.Lalit Upadhyay, Scientist with the formal vote of thanks.
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