SRINAGAR: In a bid to bring back the loosing charm of Zag (Lal) variety of rice, SKUAST on the directions of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Nazeer Ahmed launched two-day awareness camp in the Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
A team led by Dr. G.A.Parray, Associate Director Research organised a two-day event – “Participatory Seed Production of High Yielding Varieties” and “Revival of Zag Rice of Kashmir Himalayas” on April 26-27, 2016 at Dak Bunglow in Tangdhar.
Parray while speaking during the event highlighted the role played by the University scientists towards rice research and in addressing the problems faced by farming community of the valley.
He also advised for measures to be undertaken for revival of this important variety.
Meanwhile, 15q seed of high yielding varieties of Zag rice were also distributed among farmers for upscaling the production. And a compact block of 200 kanals of land in the agriculture zone Gabar of Tangdhar was brought under this participatory seed production programme.
Besides farmers and locals, MLA Raja Manzoor was also present at the event.
Manzoor while appreciating the role of university advised farmers to adopt practices and guidelines framed by the agricultural scientists in revival and enhancement of production and productivity.