SRINAGAR: To sensitise the farming community of the production technology and management strategy well ahead of the agriculture operations for the current year, KVK Ganderbal SKAUST-K undertook series of Agri-Horti activities across the district during April as a part of the action plan for Kharif-2017.
The Kendra is in the continuous process of dissemination of farm technology and innovative research to the farmers field through various modes viz awareness/trainings, OFT(On Farm Trials), Front Line Demonstrations(FLD), Plant Clinical Camps, On Farm and Disease Diagnostic Visits besides Scientists farmer interactions to enhance their farm productivityand socio economic upliftment of our farmers. For the Kharif 2017, the Kendra laid 35 Cluster FLD’s on Paddy and 20 FLD’s on Maize under Seed Replacement Program of SKAUT-K released high yielding and disease tolerant varieties of Paddy and Maize in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture,of which all the Maize FLD’s and 12 FLD’son Paddy have been laid in Sub-Division Kangan.
Similarly in Horticulture sector, 3 OFT’s on management of Hen and Chicken disorder and integrated disease management of grapes have been laid to address the concerns of the grape growers besides FLD’s on management of Collar/Root-Rot and canker through integrated practices.
According to the hand out issued,agro-advisory services, on farm and disease diagnostic visits regarding the problematic areasand awareness campaign on adoption of SKAUST-K spray schedule 2017 and management of horticulture problems(canker/gummosis, peach leaf curl, root/collar rot)has also been taken up in association with Chief Horticulture Office Ganderbal.
The KVK also organised the plant clinical campin collaboration with the Department of Agriculture in Zone Thune/Kangan in which officials from Development Department, farmers of the adjoining areas and KVK scientists participated.
The KVK scientists including Dr. J.A Bhat, Dr. Sabiya Ashraf led by Head KVK Dr. S.A.Simnani deliberated in depth on various management strategies of the field problems for improving their crop productivity.