SRINAGAR: Sharing and expanding production and productivity of Mushkbudji and Kamad at Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops, Khudwani, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir held Seed Distribution-cum Advisory function on improved Mushkbudji and Kamad for newly identified ecologies across the Valley.
The function was held on Wednesday at Rice Station Khudwani in collaboration with the financial assistance from National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Under this programme Mushkibuidji and Kamad varieties will be introduced in five other district viz. Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam, Anantnag and Baramulla. These district locations have similar climatic and altitude conditions for growing of these rice varieties.
Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir, Prof Nazeer Ahmed, felicitated the function as Chief Guest while as Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam Showkat Ajaz Bhat, was Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the occasion VC, SKUAST complimented scientists of the Rice Research Station of Khudwani and the farmers for revival and promotion of Mushkibudji and Kamad varieties.
VC complimented the farmers of Sagam and Dandiwatpora who have earned cash award of Rs. 10 lacs from Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for preservation and promotion of Mushkbudji and Kamad varieties.
Vice-Chancellor also distributed Seeds of these varieties among the farming community of the five districts viz. Kupwara, Budgam, Kulgam, Anantnag and Baramulla. Under this programme 35 farmers of each district have been identified who will introduce Mushkbudji and Kamad in these districts.
Further calling upon scientists and Programme Coordinators of the respective KVKs, Vice-Chancellor laid stress for constant monitoring of these demonstration units and to extend all possible help to the farmers popularizing the crop. He also advised farmers for Integrated Farming System approach for income enhancement and employability.
He requested the officers of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development for devising plan for funding Integrated Farming System for the benefit of farming community in this endeavor. Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Showkat Ajaz Bhat hailed the efforts of the University scientists in promotion of prized rice varieties. He pitched for seed village concept which would be serving as demonstration units for better learning among the farming community of the district. He also requested the University to lay special emphasis for promotion of vegetables, floriculture and temperate seed production of vegetables in the district.
Director Research, Dr M.Y. Zargar highlighted research attainments in rice and complimented the scientists of the Station in their endeavour for revival of these two scented varieties. He also informed that university is striving hard to tune its research aiming at benefiting the farming community.
DGM, NABARD, Pushpas Pandey, also spoke and highlighted the role of the bank in facilitating the financial assistance to the farmers. He assured of all possible help for expansion of the prized varieties of rice in the valley.