JAMMU: Kashmir’s two heritage rice varieties, Mushakbhudj and Kamad will be soon available in the market as organic products.
“These rice varieties (Mushakbhudj and Kamad) are planned to be marketed by a Jammu based company specializing in organic products,” Tej Partap, Vice Chancellor of Sheri Kashmir Agriculture University-Kashmir said, according to an official statement. He was briefing Governor NN Vohra, who is also chancellor of the university during its council meeting.
Pratap said promising results have been secured in the production of seed of two prominent indigenous rice varieties, Mushakbhudj and Kamad.
“University is working with the farmers in a participatory mode for the cultivation of these indigenous rice varieties of Kashmir,” Pratap, who provided a detailed overview of the universities initiatives taken for improving and upgrading agricultural process and products.
Governor appreciated the initiatives taken by the university for encouraging organic farming in Kashmir. He laid stress on various measures being taken to add value to agricultural products and urged that the university and Agriculture Department should take all required steps to certify organic agricultural products for providing better value to the farmers
The University has also launched Agro-Chemicals Evaluation Programme-2014 for testing bio efficacy of pesticides for ensuring that quality plant protection chemicals are made available to farmers. The Chancellor observed that laboratories established for this purpose should maintain strict standards in their functioning and come up to the expectations of the farmers.
The University is also working on producing high quality plant materials, particularly focusing on high-density orchard systems, in collaboration with GRIBA of Italy. The chancellor stressed the vital importance of ensuring that high quality seeds and plants are made available to increase horticultural productivity in the State.
The chancellor urged the vice chancellors of both the farm universities to encourage innovation in agriculture and its allied sectors and come out with dynamic models in agricultural practices.
The Chancellor reviewed the functioning of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Gurez and Nyoma.
The meeting was attended by Dr Pradeep K Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, Dr AR Trag, Vice Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipore, BR Sharma, Principal Secretary, Planning and Development, BB Vyas, Principal Secretary to the chief minister and Principal Secretary, Finance, Rakesh Kumar Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Commissioner/Secretary, Agriculture Production, Prof TAS Ganai, Registrar, SKUAST, Kashmir.