Advisory cell to be established to deal with drought-like situations: VC SKUAST

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BUDGAM: Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir, Prof Nazeer Ahmad on Thursdayinformed that an advisory cell would be established for the farmers to deal with any drought-like situation anywhere in Kashmir.
VC SKUAST made these remarks while chairing 5th scientific advisory committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra held at New Conference Hall in Budgam.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Mohammad Harun Malik also attended the meeting.
VC said that decision regarding establishment of advisory cell to be headed by the director agriculture department has been taken as valley was expecting drought-like situation which may hit the overall crop production during upcoming season and as such there is need for coordinated approach to deal with it so that the farmers don’t get confused with plethora of discrepant advisories, a handout read.
VC directed the KVK and other line departments to prepare database of farmers in every village through which different advisories would be provided to them.
VC also directed the concerned to aware farmers about the suitable area-wise crop farming as must so that they will go for right farming at suitable places.
“Instead of 2 to 3 days, KVK should conduct training programmes of farmers for 10-15 days,” he said. He stressed on KVK to work in collaboration with other departments including horticulture and agriculture for progressive farming.
VC directed concerned to conduct the demonstration of vermi compost in 100 villages of Budgam and to conduct skill development courses and certificate courses on scientific pruning for farmers.
He also stressed on campaigning on use of proper fertilisers and pesticides by farmers.