GANDERBAL: In order to reach out to the farming community and disseminating farm technology/innovative research at their door steps, KVK Ganderbal organized a ‘Mega Plant Clinical Camp’ at Wakura Ganderbal under the aegis of director extension Prof Mushtaq.
The programme was organized in collaboration with agriculture, horticulture and floriculture development departments wherein scientists from different divisions of SKUAST-K were invited as experts during the day-long deliberations of the camp.
According to an official press note issued here, programme coordinator Dr Shamim Simnani while underlining the aim of such clinical camps/KissanSammelan/Goshti said that conducting camps like these regularly was to enhance the quality production and productivity of agricultural crops so as to improve the socio-economic status of our farming community and making agriculture and its allied sector a profitable enterprise.
A large gathering of farmers comprising of fruit, vegetable, paddy growers of adjoining areas of Dub, Batwina, Shalbug and Ahan participated in the camp besides representation from floriculture, fruit and vegetable growers union Ganderbal.
SKUAST-K under the leadership of Prof Nazeer Ahmed is in a continuous process of development of farmers, eco-friendly technology and innovative research and its applicability at the field so as to reduce farm drudgery, attracting rural youth towards agriculture and to accomplish government’s mission of doubling the farmer’s income through INM, IPM, IWM, good orchard management practices, mechanized farming in addition to skill entrepreneurship for self-employment generation, the press note read.
Mobile diagnostic team of scientists led by Dr F A Aga from the directorate of extension displayed the importance of mobile diagnostic van, its working and functioning under field conditions.
A scientist-farmer interface programme was also held in which participating farmers enquired about the problems confronting them in the field, viz. pollination management in fruits and vegetables, production technology for quality cut flowers, and disease management in fruit/vegetable/pulse crops and calendar of operations for quality fruit crops. Dr Mehraj and Dr Gh Rather along with the team of KVK scientists responded to all such queries.
Stress was laid on adoption of SKUAST-K recommended package of practices, spray schedule, use of critical nutrient inputs (Zinc, Sulphur, Boron, and Calcium) bio-control management in use of mechanised farming and seed replacement to improve per unit productivity in light of the squeezing agrarian land, the press note added.