KVK concludes vocational training programme on commercial floriculture
REASI: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Jammu on Friday concluded four-day long vocational training programme on “Entrepreneurship Development in Floriculture” here at village Kanjli, an official press note read.
The programme was attended by a large number of trainees who were rigorously trained by the KVK experts on the technical know-how about commercial floriculture.
The major objective of the programme, according to the press note, was to boost the floriculture industry in this hilly district and to provide technical assistance to farmers for better floriculture crops. Various theoretical and technical sessions were arranged in the programme.
Addressing the concluding ceremony of the event Scientist and Head of KVK Reasi, Dr Banarsi Lal, said that floriculture is gaining momentum in the district and is proving a good means of earning profit. In his speech he urged the farmers to take up commercial floriculture as an enterprise which could enable them earn 4-5 times more profit as compared to other crops.
He said that floriculture crops such as marigold, gladiolus, rose, gerbera and chrysanthemum are the alternate crops for the area and there is ample market availability of these crops at both Katra and Jammu. He added that the farmers can fetch more prices by adoption of advanced technologies in floriculture.
The farmers were also educated for the scientific cultivation of marigold, gladiolus and rose. Lal demonstrated the nursery raising techniques in marigold and elaborated Integrated Nutrient Management (INM) in marigold, the press note read.
Dr. Suja Nabi Qureshi elaborated on the diseases and insect-pest management in floriculture crops and also highlighted the protected cultivation of flowers besides encouraging the farmers to have low cost polyhouse units at their farms so that they could get more yield of flowers throughout the year, the press note added.