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Navin urges scientists to focus on socio-economic uplift of farmers
9/24/2020 11:05:45 PM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Sept 24: Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Navin Kumar Choudhary today visited SKUAST-Jammu and reviewed various activities being carried out in the university.
He urged the scientists to evolve innovations in the farming sector to help the farmers in increasing their income and to meet the goals of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The Principal Secretary advised authorities of the University to adopt villages for dissemination of latest technologies and hand holding of farmers in horizontal expansion of emerging technologies along with department for early results.
He suggested that KVKs should devise a rigorous calendar of activities for round the year effective transfer of technological interventions from lab to land.
Mentioning the Jeevika Programme implemented in Udhampur, Navin Choudhary suggested the University to provide technical support under the programme including management of diseases and packaging etc.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir has a vast potential for growth in various high yielding crops and it is high time for the scientists to guide the farmers appropriately to enhance their production and income by using the latest techniques and high yielding varieties of seeds.
Principal Secretary said that there should be effective collaboration between Agriculture University and Agriculture Production Department for effective implementation of research and extension activities in the farmers’ field. He emphasised that KVKs should prepare at least 100 progressive farmers in a year and provide technical backstopping to them. He suggested that University should conduct research on low cost packaging material and develop mathematical models of government policies and relate them with their research priorities.
Speaking about course curriculum of farm University, Principal Secretary suggested to revamp the courses to suit the market needs and creation of agri-entrepreneurs such as dairy, value addition, processing, cattle feed hydroponics fodder etc in J&K. He further suggested making aware all stakeholders about the Government policies implemented in the field of poultry, dairy, fodder under Atam Nirbhar Bharat for greater benefits to rural youth and entrepreneurs.
Navin Choudhary called for balance between basic research and practical research for implementation on farmers fields. He also suggested for exchange of faculties among different Universities to have exposure on latest technologies in Agriculture. He further suggested focusing on production of industry specific raw materials and products in which the UT is net importer. He urged for early commencement of Centre of Excellence in Jammu.
Director Horticulture, Ram Savak; Director Animal Husbandry Jammu, Vivek Sharma; Director Research SKUAST-J, Dr. R.K. Gupta; Dean Faculty of Agriculture SKUAST-J, Dr. D.P. Abrol and Registrar, SKUAST-J, Rajesh Talwar were present on the occasion.
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