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KVK Trains farm women on Natural farming
9/12/2023 10:38:04 PM
Early Times Report

Reasi, Sept 12: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the aegis of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) organized one day training programme on natural farming here today at Dogra Haat in Chetar village of Reasi district of J&K which was enthuastically attended by a number of women farmers of the area. The programme was organized under the dynamic stewardship of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor,Prof.BN Tripathi and able guidance of Director Extension, Prof.SK Gupta of SKUAST-J. The objective of the programme was to train the women farmers on natural farming and educate them on the significance of natural farming. Sr.Scientist & Head of KVK, Reasi, Dr.Banarsi Lal warmly welcomed the participants and briefed the significance of the programme. He said that hilly areas have immense potential in natural farming and the farmers of these areas can develop entrepreneurship in natural farming by commercially producing the safe food through natural farming. He further said 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 required in natural farming. He also elaborated 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.He further said that natural farming is agro-ecology based farming which integrates crops, trees, livestock and functional biodiversity. He added that natural farming is helpful to reduce the cost of cultivation as there is no need to purchase the agro-inputs required for natural farming from the outside. He added that women farmers should avail more and more benefits from the agricultural and allied sectors schemes undergoing in the district. He also spoke on the value addition in agriculture for more returns.He stressed on the Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) for rural development. The scientist demonstrated the techniques on the formulation of natural farming inputs such as Jeevamrit, Beejamrit, Panchgavya, Ghanjeevamrit etc. and also elaborated the practices of mulching, Acchadana and various other biocontrol agents required for the natural farming.An awardee woman farmer, Smt.Anita Devi shared her experiences of farming with the other farmers. Participants asked various quarries regarding the natural farming which were answered by the scientist in a satisfactorily way. Various key points on natural farming were also discussed during the training programme.Quality vegetables seed and natural farming formulation inputs were also provided to the participants during the programme. Women farmers thanked KVK, Reasi for organizing such a useful programme. The programme was concluded by Smt.Anita Devi with the formal vote of thanks.
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