JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra, Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Jammu (SKUAST-J), chaired the 18th council meeting of the university at Raj Bhavan.
Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari and Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli also participated in the meeting.
Chancellor released two publications of the University: “Crop Varieties developed by SKUAST-J” and “Package of Practices – Organic Crop Production.” For enabling wider dissemination among farmers and other stakeholders, the governor advised, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Dr Pradeep K Sharma to have these publications translated into the vernacular languages and distributed through the KVKs.
Stressing the crucial importance of important agriculture related information being widely and timely disseminated, chancellor advised the vice-chancellors of both the farm universities to consider among their faculties, students and progressive farmers to set up private radio channels in addition to information being extensively dispersed through the print and electronic media.
The council congratulated Dr Pradeep K Sharma, vice chancellor, and the faculty, for the university securing the second position, among 73 state farm universities in India, for its students securing 8 Veterinary and Fisheries Sciences Post Graduate Scholarships during the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s AIEEA-PG-2017 online counselling.
Chancellor urged animal husbandry minister to take time bound measures for strengthening the poultry related value chain in the state and for significantly increasing fisheries, mushroom farming, bee keeping and establishment of dairy farms.
Chancellor advised the VCs of both the farm universities to critically review as per market requirements wherever there is need to reduce or upgrade the existing capacities in courses offered. He urged developing practices which help the faculty members in remaining updated about the innovations and technologies in their respective areas.
Chancellor urged the minister for agriculture and horticulture to institute awards for farmers who are doing excellent work in the field, as this will encourage others to follow their best practices. He suggested that progressive farmers should also be encouraged and enabled to train their neighbouring farmers.
Chancellor suggested the agriculture minister to constitute a group of ministers of all the agriculture allied departments, particularly the ministers incharge of animal and sheep husbandry, fisheries and horticulture departments, for ensuring close coordination among all these related departments and ensuring effective implementation of the various sponsored and sector schemes.
Vice-Chancellor, Dr Pradeep K Sharma informed the council that the university has taken a decision to establish one integrated farming system model at each KVK; it has adopted several measures to develop an effective interface with the industrial sector thereby sensitising and encouraging the students to join the private sector.