BUDGAM: A day-long awareness programme titled, “Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmer Rights (PPV&FRA)” was held here at on Saturday. The programme was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Budgam, an official handout read.
According to the handout, V-C SKUAST-K, Professor Nazir Ahmad said Valley in general and Budgam in particular is bestowed with fertile land and has huge potential for cultivation of different varieties of agriculture and horticulture.
The V-C informed that government is mulling to establish the minimal processing unit for vegetable growers to provide them all facilities including processing, cleaning, and packaging under one roof.
“The unit will be as a vegetable cluster and will provide better market facilities in and outside the state,” he said.
He stressed that farmers should avail all the new technologies and should remain connected with scientists at local KVK centers for progressive farming. Professor Nazir stressed that farmers should preserve the local seed varieties which he said were “unique in quality and have better taste”.
DC Budgam, Mohammad Harun Malik while appreciating the role of KVK Budgam for introducing new technologies and concepts for the progressive farming in the district said that farmers should get benefited from new concepts like ‘Lab to Land’.
He said, “Locals instead of brick kilns should utilise their land for agricultural and horticultural proposes in the district which will help in soil conservation.”
The programme also highlighted the protection of the rights of the farmers in the development, protection and acceleration of variety (seed planting material), the handout read.
A booklet titled ‘Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmer’s Rights Act’ (an overview) by directorate of extension SKUAST-Kashmir was also released on the occasion, it added.