|Early Times Report|
REASI, Sept 26: In a significant initiative aimed at boosting rural development and empowering young women farmers, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi, organized a comprehensive training program on "Value addition in seasonal fruits" as part of the Attracting and Retaining Youths in Agriculture (ARYA) project. The event took place at Dasanoo village in the picturesque Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.
Under the dynamic leadership of Hon'ble Vice Chancellor Prof. BN Tripathi and the expert guidance of Director Extension Prof. SK Gupta from SKUAST-J, the program was designed to equip young women farmers with essential knowledge and skills in fruit processing and value addition.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi, a subsidiary of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, organized a training program titled "Value addition in seasonal fruits for rural development" under the ARYA project. The program was attended by numerous young women farmers from the region.
Dr. Banarsi Lal, Senior Scientist & Head of KVK, Reasi, welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of the ARYA project. He highlighted the significance of fruit processing and encouraged trainees to explore value addition opportunities for various seasonal fruits available in the area, including aonla candy, pickles, juice, sauce, and jam. Dr. Lal stressed that these products have significant market potential and can enhance farm income and employment opportunities for rural women.
Dr. Suja Nabi Qureshi, Scientist, provided valuable insights into the techniques and methodologies required for value addition in seasonal fruits. He imparted skills related to making aonla candy, apple jam, organic juice, pickles, sauce, and more. Dr. Qureshi also emphasized the importance of ingredients and scientific techniques to extend the shelf life of processed seasonal fruit products.