SRINAGAR: The Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir on Sunday organised one-day Horticulture Conclave for technology dissemination-cum-exposure visit to high density plantations in apple.
More than 600 progressive farmers, nursery growers and entrepreneurs from all districts of SKUAST-Kashmir besides scientists, head of divisions, programme coordinators of KVKs and officers from the concerned line departments attended the conclave, an official handout read.
Director Extension, Prof Mushtaq Ahmad highlighted the role of technology transfer through Directorate of Extension and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) for upliftment in the socio-economic status of farmers through scientific intervention in agriculture and allied sectors.
Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed, in his inaugural address stressed upon the need for “bringing farmers in close coordination with the university so that technologies, varieties and other research inputs developed in agriculture and allied sectors effectively reach them through the courtesy of state development departments and KVKs for increasing farm profitability on sustainable basis”.
He also highlighted the scope of high density plantation in apple and opined that farm returns and market demand “could be met only though adoption of scientific recommendation”, it read.
SKUAST-K Vice Chancellor also released Spray Schedule for Apple-2018 (English and Urdu) besides launching DBT sponsored project on “Training-cum-Demonstration on Precision Farming Approach for Elite Tulip and Hyacinth bulb production in Rural Kashmir”.