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SAMBA: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Samba, under the aegis of Directorate of Extension, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies Jammu, organized one day in-service Training for Agriculture Officers on “IPM/IDM package for major Rabi crops.
The programme was conducted for field functionaries, under the dynamic leadership of Professor. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu and the direct supervision of Dr. S.K. Gupta Director Extension SKUAST-Jammu.
Dr. Vinod Gupta, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK Samba welcomed the participants and discussed the mandates and functions of KVK. He underlined the need to explore new ways and methods for the benefit of the farming community by improving coordination between officers of development departments and KrishiVigyan Kendra Samba. He also stressed upon the safe and judicious use of pesticides.
Dr. Saurav Gupta, the training coordinator of the programme discussed in detail various control measures of insect pests and diseases through IPM and IDM modules in the major field, vegetable and fruit crops. He also discussed different ways to control various insects -pests and diseases of vegetables by traditional as well as through modern techniques.
He also stressed upon the need for adoption of IPM techniques to increase the agriculture production and doubling of farmer income. Dr. Sanjay Khajuria, laid stress on intercropping of vegetables in the existing orchards of the district for getting extra benefits from the existing system.
Dr. Neerja Sharma delivered the lecture on organic crop production of Rabi Vegetables. She emphasized upon the use of various organic sources like FYM, Vermicompost, vermiwash, biofertilizers etc.
Dr.Vijay Kumar Sharma, SMS (Animal Sciences)also sensitized about the different parasitic diseases of livestock, their prevention and control strategies. The programme was attended by officers of the Agriculture Department. They also visited the farm of KVK, Samba, where the vegetables are growing organically. Dr Amit Mahajan and Sahil Talgotra supported the programme. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Shalini Khajuria.