SRINAGAR: Director Extension of SK University of Agriculture Science and Technology Kashmir Wednesday urged upon the scientists and experts to bring change in the economic condition of the farmers.
He expressed the views while chairing scientific advisory committee meeting held at south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, a press statement issued here said.
He emphasized on the need “for promoting cropping pattern, heritage crops and farming system as per present economic scenario,” it said.
The Director asked the line departments, PRIs, and progressive farmers to submit their suggestions and objection within five days to KVK Anantnag, “so that final action plan for the year 2015-16 can be got approved,” it said.
The Director asked KVK Anantnag for preparation of soil fertility map of the district and to ensure judicious, balanced use of fertilizers for sustainable crop production, it said.
The line departments were asked for close cooperation with KVK, it said.
The programme coordinator informed that by “virtue and concrete efforts of the institution” the total area under irrigation has reached 43,903 hectares including the rain-fed area, it said.
“Rice production of 1347500 quintals from 25086 hectares, 162000 quintals of maize from 12566 hectares, 170400 quintals of oilseed from 15299 hectares, 64500 quintals vegetables from 8869 hectares, 3934 quintals pulses from 798 hectares, 85000 quintals fodder crop and 152856 metric tons of horticulture production was achieved,” it said.
It was also informed that four training and awareness programmes about improved technologies for preparation of composite vermin-composite and vermin-wash were provided to 80 farmers and rural youth of Bragam village, it said.