Governor asks SKUAST to help speed up farm growth

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March 8: In extensive discussions with Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKUAST-K), Governor NN Vohra has urged the farm scientists to ensure effective transfer of technology from the lab to the farm and ensure optimal utilisation of all resources available to the university for accelerating the growth of agriculture and its allied sectors in the state.

The Governor who was accompanied by Khurshid A Ganai, adviser to the Governor, on Sunday asked the farm varsity to play a significant role in the propagation of high-quality seeds and plants. He said the varsity should ensure that all available expertise was utilised for generating quality seeds and saplings of various crops and plants and see that these were timely supplied to the farmers.Vohra said the Krishi Vigyan Kendras must play a pivotal role in carrying out extension work for the benefit of the farmers.The Governor advised the Vice Chancellor and his colleagues to set up a mechanism for qualitative assessment of all research projects and, side by side, give importance to extension activities. He stressed on holding kisan melas.He told the VC to see that the achievements and success stories of progressive farmers were well publicised and also published in English and vernacular languages.The Governor was informed that nine externally funded projects and five TSP projects were sanctioned in the last six months by various funding agencies, involving Rs 481 lakh, and three projects of Rs 4 crore had been submitted to the Agriculture Production Department under the Prime Ministers package.Highlighting the university’s efforts in producing better and high-yielding varieties, the VC said new varieties had been developed for release in the state, including two varieties of rice, one for the plains and another for the high-altitude areas, three local and one exotic varieties of japonica, three high-yielding varieties of masoor, rajma and chickpea, resistant to wilt and rust.

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