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Technical session marks day 2 of Krishak Mela
11/18/2022 10:13:55 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Nov 18: On day 2 of ongoing Krishak Mela being organized by SKUAST Jammu, a technical session on Diversification in Agriculture was organized under the Chairmanship of Prof. J. P. Sharma, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor to highlight the importance of diversification in agriculture. Agripreneurs and farmers share their experiences during the session. Rajinder Kumar R/o Doda delivered lecture on success story of his experience on marigold cultivation. K. D. Sharma from Samba told about his experiences on diversification in agriculture. He started his initially with only maize, wheat and sugarcane and after coming in contact with KVK started organic farming and diversified agriculture by growing vegetables like tomato, cauliflower etc. and also keeping cows. Jyoti Gambhir discussed about family support and knowledge for success in life. She shared about the experience of starting cookies business keeping idea of health with taste and avoiding the use of preservatives. Sat Paul Chaudhary acknowledged the help received from KVK and Department of Agriculture when he moved from Chhamb to Kathua. Major Man Mohan Singh discussed about the success story of kinnow cultivation and how his idea of dense cultivation in pear was adopted by PAU, Ludhiana.
Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor and chairman in his address advised farmers and scientists to think about new ideas and work hard to achieve and fulfill them. He also proposed to start a training programme through KVKs on value added products, packaging, branding and marketing. Prof. Sharma stressed upon diversification to capitalize it and help in increasing farmer's income.
An impressive Fruit/Flower/Vegetable show was also organized at SKUAST-Jammu on 17 & 18 November, 2022 during ongoing five days Krishak Mela. The show was inaugurated by Prof. J.P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. He emphasized that the diversity of horticultural crops of Jammu region should be exploited to develop improved varieties. He also stressed that pecan nut cultivation needs to be promoted which can go a long way in doubling farmers' income. He appreciated the displayed samples in the show and told that trainings on different aspects such as value addition of fruits and vegetables, flower arrangement, and nursery management should organized.
In fruits, more than 150 entries comprising of Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Custard Apple, Citrus, Walnut, Pecannut and Amlook etc. were displayed. In vegetables around 75 entries comprising of Cole crops, Root vegetables, Leafy vegetables, Bulb crops, Solanaceous vegetables, Spices and other vegetables were received. The flower show also got overwhelming response in which eight categories viz., Floral Rangoli, Foliage Pot Plants, Cacti and Succulents, Flowering Pot Plants, Flower Arrangement, Bonsai, Dry Flowers and Cut flowers were there. The value added products were also displayed during the show. The displayed entries were adjudged by Dr. K.K. Pramanick, Head, Regional Station, IARI, Shimla and Dr. Amit Kumar Goswami, Senior Scientist, IARI, New Delhi.
The Department of Horticulture and Agriculture, UT of Jammu and Kashmir and IIIM also displayed their products. The show was convened by Dr. R. K, Pandey, Professor, Division of Floriculture & Landscaping, Dr. Sandeep Chopra, Professor, Division of Vegetable Science, and Dr. Amit Jasrotia, Professor, Division of Fruit Science.
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