Make efforts to double productivity of different crops, develop region specific crops: VC
SRINAGAR: SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir has submitted 94 research projects to different funding agencies out of which 15 projects have been sanctioned with financial allocation of more than 10 crores.
This was disclosed during the 53rd Research Council meeting of SKUAST-Kashmir at Shalimar Campus, Srinagar.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir on Thursday emphasized on researchers of the university to focus research on doubling productivity of different crops and develop region specific varieties and technologies for farmers income generation.
The meeting discussed, deliberated and reviewed various research programmes currently going on in the University besides formulated new research programmes.
Vice-Chancellor also highlighted agriculture scenario in the State and informed that the State is facing deficit in food grains, milk, mutton, eggs etc. as agricultural growth has been sluggish.
To overcome this deficit he pitched for GDP increase upto 28% and productivity of crops to be enhanced by 10%. He also informed that the seed replacement rate in the State varies between 15-20% which has to be increased to 33% in self-pollinated crops and 100% in hybrids. Speaking about saffron productivity Prof. Nazeer said that it can be further enhanced upto 14 kg/ha provided SKUAST-K technologies are adopted and irrigation infrastructure is created at grass root level.
Vice-Chancellor further advised the researchers to aim farmer centric research and lay special focus on year round cultivation of vegetables, removal of farm drudgery, post-harvest and value addition of the commodities to generate more income and em-ployment opportunities in the State. He also announced that university is launching Certificate courses in Landscape Architecture, Canopy Management, Food Processing and Poultry rearing in different Faculties soon.
Prof. M. Y. Zargar, Director Research while welcoming the members elaborated the research achievements of the University and informed that 12 new varieties in rice, maize, vegetables, oilseeds and fodder oats have been released to meet the food and fodder requirement of the State. He also informed that the scientists of the University have made significant progress in collection and evaluation of elite germplasm of Buckwheat, Kala zeera, Kashmiri (Chili/Brinjal), Red rice, Mushkbudji, Kamad, PusaSugandh etc. He also informed that a mega programme for transition towards high density plantations in apple is being implemented in collaboration with the Deptt. of Horticulture and model hi-density orchards are being established at seven locations in different districts of the State and introduction of New Clonal Rootstock viz M9-T337, M9-T339, M9- Pajam-1, M-27, MM-106, MM-111 and P-22 of Apple at Various Locations for Mass Multiplication & Distribution.
A mega project on Integrated Bee Board Centre (IBDC)/Centre of Excellence has been sanctioned by National Bee Keeping Development with a financial allocation of 1.6 crores. High yielding drought tolerant maize and Rajmash have been identified showing constantly superior performance for moisture stress and root architecture.
The Council also took review of different technologies developed by the university in saffron, preparation of Digital soil health maps of most parts of the valley and Ladakh region, capability of undertaking quality and residue analysis of pesticides at Qual-ity Control Laboratory, method validated for the Residue Analysis of Horticultural Mineral Oils and value addition of different products and providing livelihood and nutritional security to tribal poor through new technologies, varieties with the help of ICAR under Tribal Sub Plan.
On the occasion, Vice-Chancellor also released the manual on “Greenhouse technologies for Kashmir and Ladakh regions”. The participants in the meeting were Directors, Deans of the University, Heads of the Divisions and Heads of Development Departments. Members significantly contributed in the deliberation and gave their valuable suggestions.