Pampore: Saffron Research Centre Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKUAST-K) in collaboration with Department of Agriculture on Tuesday organised saffron field day at Spice Park Dusoo Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The event was organised in order to conceive a project proposal for submission to government that could take care of changing climate and bringing more area under saffron cultivation, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
While talking to farmers at various villages, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad advised the saffron farmers to “adhere to university package to boost the saffron production and income generation”.
Talking about successful results of High Density Plantation in Saffron, he exhorted upon the field functionaries to educate the saffron growers about the ‘High Density Model’ so that the farmers can yield 10-12 kg/ha and earn more.
“More bore wells, if required, are needed to be dug in a sense to ensure irrigation facilities to the saffron fields for better returns,” he said.
Vice-Chancellor also inaugurated Plant Growth Chamber & Cold Store at the Research Station and also released a publication entitled “Irrigation – A critical input for enhancing production and productivity of saffron in J&K” and a Pamphlet “Calendar of operations for Saffron cultivation in J&K” and also distributed organic compound for management of porcupine.
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said that during the whole day they met farmers and listened to their grievances and suggestions so that the production could be enhanced.