VC SKUAST-J conducts SAC meeting, inaugurates FPO offices

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POONCH: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Poonch organised its 12th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting under the chairmanship of Prof. J.P Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu to review the activities of KVK Poonch and discuss its Annual Action Plan.
Vice Chancellor J.P. Sharma also inaugurated FPO Offices of Mandi and Degwar blocks for walnut and maize respectively. During the inauguration of FPO office of Degwar on Maize, Sh. InderJeet (KAS), Deputy Commisoner, Poonch also accompanied Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu alongh with Dr. Sumati Sharma, Scientist DRDO, Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu. Speaking to the farmers at Degwar, Vice Chancellor emphasized upon value addition and processing. He suggested to promote speciality agriculture in Poonch including saffron, turmeric, Kalazeera, pecan nut, lavender etc for improving farmers income.
Quoting the examples of successful FPOs from all over India, he laid thrust on mobilization of farmers from remote areas. InderJeet Deputy Commissioner, Poonch promised to extend full cooperation from district administration to support promotion of FPOs. Director Extension laborated the extension activities of the University and extended full support for strengthening the farmer of district Poonch through promotion of FPOs. Sh Shamim Ganai, BDC member was also present during the inauguration of FPO Office at Mandi and welcomed the efforts of University to promote FPOs in the remote blocks of Poonch. Vice Chancellor also felicitated President, Secretary, Board members and officers from Agriculture and Cooperative departments during the programme at Degwar and Mandi.
The SAC Meeting at KVK Poonch was attended by Dr. Sumati Sharma, First lady of SKUAST-Jammu & Scientist DRDO, Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu, Chief Agriculture Officer Poonch, Chief Horticulture Officer Poonch, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Poonch, District Sheep husbandry Officer & officers from other line Departments besides some progressive farmers / farm women. During his address, Prof. Sharma Vice Chancellor & Chairman SAC stressed the need for adoption of low volume high value crops. At the outset, Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension welcomed the chairman and other members of SAC. Dr. Ajay Gupta Sr. Scientist & Head KVK Poonch presented detailed activities of KVK including on farm and off-farm activities. Dr. Muzafar Mir carried out the proceedings of SAC meeting and presented vote of thanks. Others who attended the meeting included Dr. Vikas Sharma, RARS Rajouri, Dr. Pawan Kumar Sharma, Dr. Praveen Singh and Dr. Narinder Panotra from SKUAST-Jammu.