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KARGIL: Scientific Advisory committee meetings of KVK Kargil-I and KVK Kargil-II (Zanskar) were held on Sunday at KVK Kargil-I Khurbathang.
The meetings were chaired by Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof J.P Sharma. Executive Councillor (Agriculture) LAHDC Kargil, Mohd Ali Chandan was the Chief Guest.
The other dignitaries present in the meetings were Prof. D.M. Makhdoomi (Director Extension), Prof. Dr. S. A. Wani (Director Research), Heads and scientists of KVK Kargil-I, KVK Kargil-II (Zanskar) and MARE&S Kargil.
Keeping in view the COVID-19 related SOPs, the officers of line departments, officers from Directorate of Extension, progressive farmers and media persons participated virtually in the programme.
The meetings started with the welcome address by Dr. Disket Dolkar followed by presentations of Annual Progress Report and Action Plan by the respective heads.
During the day long programme various key issues were discussed.
Chairman stressed upon the identification of cluster villages based on microclimatic conditions and development of pocket wise technology bank for them.
Great emphasis was laid on branding of local agricultural commodities to increase their market value & demand. Instead of adopting a unidimensional approach of increasing production to increase the farmers’ income, a more comprehensive approach like value addition, food processing, strengthening market linkages etc. was emphasized upon.
He further advised about the formation of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), creation of commodity based marketing organizations, development of Integrated Farming Systems (IFS), establishment of commodity based processing centres at the stations, multiplication of quality seed & planting material, vertical farming, container gardening etc. In order to create employment opportunities for rural youth & farm women, the need for entrepreneurship development was greatly stressed upon.
Vice Chancellor further proposed the establishment of honour board at each station to promote and honour the champion farmers of the region.
Scientists were advised to develop location specific technologies to ensure eco-friendly management of pests and diseases, increase Fertilizer Use Efficiency & Water Use Efficiency in the region.
Vice Chancellor on reaching Kargil interacted with the scientific staff of the Station and KVK in the evening. After long discussion he assured for timely fulfillment of their demands.
The Chief Guest, Mohd Ali Chandan, laid emphasis on working out feasible strategies to lift ban on export of fresh apricot produce from the region. He further stressed upon strengthening the coordination between SKUAST-K and development departments for effective transfer of technology to the farmers.
Director Extension lauded the scientific staff for working relentlessly under harsh conditions and bringing significant change on the landscape of agriculture and allied sectors of the region.
He praised the progressive farmer, Ahmad, for successful hydroponic vegetable cultivation in Kargil and stressed that such technologies need to be promoted keeping in view the sharply declining agricultural land holdings in the region.
Director Research assured the house to find a solution to all the problems raised in the meeting and advised the scientists to work pragmatically in this direction.
Chief Agriculture Officer- Kargil highlighted the importance of exploiting the underutilized crops of the region like Kala Zera, Buck Wheat, Drass Mushroom etc. Feedback from other progressive farmers and other participants was also noted. The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. Nasreen Fatima.