SRINAGAR: Governor N.N. Vohra, on Monday stressed on enhancing organic agricultural practices in the state as rigorous use of chemicals have resulted in decline of soil fertility and increasing its residual toxicity, adversely affected the sensitive biodiversity now leading to serious health problems.
Vohra, who is also the Chancellor of the Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences- Kashmir, made these remarks at the opening ceremony of 3rd J&K Agricultural Science Congress, organized at SKUAST-K. The theme of this Congress is “Organic Agriculture: Prospects in Jammu and Kashmir”.
He congratulating SKUSAT-K for its efforts in reviving and marketing of Mushkbudji, the traditional aromatic rice variety of Kashmir.He said that this initiative should be made as the stepping stone to larger public-private partnerships in the arena of agriculture. The Governor also released Kamad, another traditional aromatic rice variety in Kashmir.
The Governor urged the scientists to work towards raising new varieties and seeds and to change the cropping pattern as per the changing climatic and weather conditions. He said that increased efforts in this direction would contribute towards addressing issues of food security in the country.
The Governor emphasized the importance of increased coordination between the various agencies related to the agriculture and allied sectors and said that quality coordination between the stakeholders could provide better support to the farmers in increasing production and productivity in agriculture.
The Governor also lauded the establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendras at Gurez and Nyoma and hoped that these KVKs and the Research Station at Zanskar would help in increasing wool and agricultural production in the arid region of Ladakh.
On the occasion three SKUAST-K policy and research publications including Apple Orchards of Kashmir Valley- A Study on the State of Affairs, Rainfed Farming- A Review of Past and Future and Organic Agriculture Vision and Strategy- A Framework for J&K were released. The Governor also felicitated Allauddin Ahmad, Dr.M.Y. Kamal and Prof. Anwar Aalam, former Vice Chancellors of the SKUAST-K, and lauded Dr. Parray for his work to support the farmers of Sagam Village, District Anantnag, in reviving Mushkbudji rice.
On the occasion speakers dealt on the issues of decreasing soil fertility and adverse effects of intensive use of chemicals to the living organisms. Dr. Tej Pratap, Vice Chancellor, highlighted the research work being done in the University and at its various campuses and KVKs and described the facilities which are being created there. Dr Shafiq A. Wani, Director Research, presented details about the Conference.