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KVK trains farmers on natural farming
1/10/2023 10:10:04 PM
Early Times Report
REASI, Jan 10: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the aegis of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) organized training programme on natural farming under "Up scaling of Natural Farming" project here today at Kans Brahmna village of Pouni block in Reasi district of J&K which was enthuastically attended by a number of farmers of the area. The programme was organized under the dynamic stewardship of Vice Chancellor, Prof. JP Sharma and able guidance of Director Extension, Prof. SK Gupta of SKUAST-J. The objective of the programme was to train the farmers on natural farming and educate them on the importance of natural farming to preserve the ecology and eco-friendly agriculture. Sr. Scientist & Head of KVK, Reasi, Dr. Banarsi Lal warmly welcomed the participants and briefed the benefits of natural farming. He said that hilly areas have enormous potential in natural farming and the farmers of these areas can generate more income and employment by producing the quality and safe food through natural farming. He added that natural farming is the need of the present era as it is beneficial for the maintenance of soil health, human health and environment. He stressed on the cluster based approach required for natural farming and discussed in detail on the transition strategy to natural farming. He expressed that natural farming is agro-ecology based farming which integrates crops, trees, livestock and functional biodiversity. He demonstrated the techniques on the formulation of natural farming inputs such as Jeevamrit, Ghanjeevamrit, Beejamrit, Panchgavya, Neemastra etc. and also elaborated the practices of mulching, Acchadana and various other biocontrol agents required for the natural farming. He further said that natural farming is helpful to reduce the cost of cultivation as there is no seed to purchase the inputs required for natural farming from the outside. He also discussed on the importance of farm fields as a source of organic matter and spoke on the usage of indigenous seed and bioinoculants as the catalyst required for natural farming. During the programme a field visit of progressive organic farmers' field was also organised. The programme was also attended by an awardee farmer, Ram Lal who shared his experiences on natural farming with the other farmers. Various key points on natural farming were also discussed during the training programme. Farmers thanked KVK, Reasi for organizing such a useful programme. Manohar Lal of KVK, Reasi helped in arranging logistics and mobilising farmers for the training programme. The programme was concluded by Dr. Banarsi Lal with the formal vote of thanks.
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