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KVK on organizes Training Programme on Millets
3/18/2023 10:31:03 PM
Early Times Report
REASI, Mar 18: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the aegis of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies of Jammu (SKUAST-J) organized the training programme on millets here today at Karua village in Reasi distt. of J&K.
Large number of farmers of the area enthuastically attended the programme and also viewed the live telecast of the international conference on millets organized by the ICAR, New Delhi. The two day International Conference on Millets was officially inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Narender Modi at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.
The programme was organised under the able guidance of Director Extension (DE) of SKUAST-J, Prof.SK Gupta. Before the initiation of the programme, Dr.Banarsi Lal, Sr. Scientist and Head of KVK, Reasi formally welcomed the participants and briefed the objectives of the programme. He urged the farmers to view the live telecasting of inauguration of the event with full enthusiasm to know more about the millets.
While inaugurating the event, Hon'ble PM of India, Narinder Modi said that millets can help to tackle the challenges of food security as well as food habits. He asked agricultural scientists to work towards increasing the share of nutri-cereals in the national food baskets. Dr.Banarsi Lal, Sr. Scientist and Head of KVK, Reasi spoke on the importance of millets and urged the participants to grow millets of commercial level so as to increase their farm income and add nutritional security.
He said that millets can be grown in the rainfed conditions with the limited inputs and their cultivation transform the lives of small and marginal farmers. He also stressed on natural farming to produce the quality food. He stressed on the innovations to uplift the socio-economic status of the farmers. Dr. Lalit Upadhyay, Scientist spoke on the nutritional value of millets and guided farmers on the scientific cultivation of millets. He spoke in detail on the consumption, nutritional security and climate resilience of millets.
He stressed on the commercial cultivation of millets for more returns. Dr. Lobzang Stanzen, Scientist elaborated the production technology of millets. He narrated that millets like foxtail, finger millet, pearl millet, sorghum etc. can be grown in Reasi distt. and farmers can generate more income and employment by growing them. He said that millets are climate resilient and can be grown under rain fed conditions. Preeti Chaudhary spoke on the International Year of Millets-2023 and spoke on the nutritional value of millets. During the programme an interactive session was also organized for the farmers during which various quarries regarding the millets were raised by the farmers which were answered satisfactorily by the KVK scientists.
Farmers showed keenness during the programme. During the programme Sarpanch of the area, Baldev Raj Sharma was also present who thanked KVK, Reasi for organizing such a useful programme. The programme was assisted by Manohar Lal and concluded by Preeti Chaudhary with the formal vote of thanks.
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