ANANTNAG: To aware farmers regarding modern scientific ways of farming and soil testing, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology – Kashmir (SKUAST-K) in collaboration with district administration Anantnag observed World Health Day in Anantnag on Wednesday by organising an awareness programme.
According to an official handout, scientists from SKUAST-K provided awareness to farmers regarding soil testing and soil health. The experts stressed upon proper sampling of soil for better soil testing results. The speakers advocated use of vermicompost and domestic compost for maintaining soil fertility.
Director Extension SKUAST-K, Prof Mushtaq Ahmad said that the university would provide all necessary instructions and technology to farmers and orchardists for disease-free and better yields.
He said that SKUAST-K has been providing expert instructions and latest information regarding farming to the farmers since decades.
He added that people have been intentionally or unintentionally harming the soil which needed to be addressed.
“Such programmes provide awareness to people regarding the importance of soil health,” he said.
DC Anantnag Mohammad Younis Malik while addressing the farmers and officials said that time had come to save soil as our future lies in safeguarding it.
He added that since the agricultural land was shrinking day-by-day for being used for construction purposes, therefore, construction on farm land should be checked and need of the hour is to save the land for farming purposes.
“Soil is our asset and we should fight for its sustainability at individual level as well as at collective level,” he further added.
Soil Health Cards were also distributed among farmers, the handout read.