‘Take opportunities to become entrepreneurs in organic farming’

‘Take opportunities to become entrepreneurs in organic farming’
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SRINAGAR: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKAUST-K) on Monday organised one-day
training programme for rural women on ‘Modern Technologies of Vegetable Production’ under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).
The workshop was organised to empower rural women by educating them about the modern technologies being employed in vegetable production to help them strengthen production and boost returns, a university handout read.
Vice Chancellor (VC), SKAUST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad, who was also chief guest on the occasion, said the aim of the workshop is “to enhance economic empowerment of rural women through training on modern technologies of vegetable production”.
He stressed that women farmers should “take opportunities to become the entrepreneurs in organic farming”, adding that by doing so they can raise their socio-economic status.
The VC also elaborated on vermincomposting technology, liquid manure, bio-fertilisers, crop rotation, and green manure.
Congratulating the women farmers for constituting Self Help Groups (SHGs), Prof Nazir Ahmad also congratulated the scientists, researchers and officials for conducting the training workshops.
“These training sessions not only help farmers but also help the policy makers to formulate better agricultural policies,” he maintained.
Associate Professor, Vegetable Division, SKAUST-K Dr Baseerat said under RKVY three districts in Kashmir division have been identified to train women farmers for adopting modern technology in vegetable cultivation. “For this, 40 rural women beneficiaries will be identified by the concerned KVKs i.e., KVK, Ganderbal, KVK, Malangpora and KVK, Srinagar, the professor added.
Monday’s workshop was the third such training conducted through KVK, Srinagar at SKUAST-K and with this the first round of trainings has now been successfully completed under the project, in collaboration with respective KVKs, the handout read.
In these trainings, the focus has been laid on methods of increasing vegetable production, scientific methods of seed production of Cole and root vegetables, vermincomposting technology and reducing post-harvest losses in vegetables through processing, he added.
As part of the workshop, some of the technologies were also demonstrated to the women farmers.
On the occasion, a Crop Calendar was also released by Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir to aware the beneficiaries about cultivation of both kharif and rabi vegetables. Besides, three folders titled “Kashmir Mein Jad Dar Sabziyoo Ke Mayaari Beej Tayyar Karne Ke Tareeqay”, “Kashmir Mein Bandhgobhi, Kaddam Aur Saag Ke Mayyari Beej Banaane Ke Tareeqay” and “Vermicomposting – Naamiyati Ziraat Ka Aham Juz” in urdu language were also released on the occasion.
A farm kit prepared under this project was also distributed amongst the participants as an incentive for the women farmers.
The second round of trainings, to further enhance their awareness about vegetable production, shall be undertaken shortly, the handout further read.

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