Prepare contingency plan to combat ‘drought situation’: Dir agri

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SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture, Syed Altaf Indrabi on Wednesday stressed the SKUAST scientists for preparing a ‘contingency’ plan in collaboration with development departments to combat ‘draught situation’ in the valley.
Andrabi was speaking at the 43rd Research and Extension Advisory Committee (REAC) meeting held at Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) here at Shalimar campus.
Different field problems including blackening of pear, poor fruit set in senile orchards, foot rot trout culture and fish seeds supply, training needs, awareness programmes for farmers and extension personnel were discussed in the meeting, a university release read.
The meeting recommended three maize and one moong variety for consideration of release by the University Varietal Release Committee.
On this occasion, 35.4 qtls of improved paddy seed varieties like Shalimar Rice-3, Shalimar Rice-4, Shalimar Rice-5, Kamad and Mushkbudji were distributed by the SKUAST-K Vice-ChancellorProfessor Nazeer Ahmed to the selected progressive farmers from all the districts of the valley.