‘Need to create new, quality varieties of all crops’

‘Need to create new, quality varieties of all crops’
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MRCFC organises ‘wheat field day’ at Khudwani, Kulgam

ANANTNAG: Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops (MRCFC) Khudwani of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-K) on Thursday organised a Kisan Mela-cum-Wheat Field Day at Khudwani, in order to provide awareness to the farmers regarding the cultivation of various kinds of wheat varieties, being researched and developed at this centre. The experts shared their experience and expertise regarding the latest techniques of different crop farming with the farmers
ADDC Kulgam, Khawaja Nazir Ahmad, Director Extension SKUAST-K, Professor Mushtaq Ahmad, Director Research SKUAST -K, M Y Zargar, Associate Director Research Mountain Research Centre for Field Crops Khudwani, Professor G A Parrey, besides other researchers and a good number of progressive farmers were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament Nazir Ahmad Laway said “need of the hour is to create new and quality varieties of all the crops including in the horticulture sector so that our farmers get a better yield and our economy gets a boost”, an official handout read.
“Nature has bestowed Kashmir with the best climate for the cultivation of all kinds of crops but the need of the hour is to provide awareness and proper training to the farmers for cultivating such crops,” he said.
The MP further said that government is very keen in developing both the agriculture and horticulture sectors of the state and assured all possible help to the concerned research centre for creating mass awareness regarding wheat and other crop cultivation on modern lines, it read.
Member Assembly Homeshalibugh, Ab Majeed Larmi, on the occasion stressed upon the need for coordination between the scientists of the SKUAST and the farmers for better results and field implementation of the research for the benefit of the farmers. “Regular awareness camps should be organised at village level so that benefit of the research goes directly to the farmers,” he said adding that construction on agricultural land should be completely stopped so that “we can have land available for agricultural activities in future too”.
ADDC Kulgam, Director Extension SKUAST and Director Research SKUAST also spoke on the occasion and shared their views and experience regarding the cultivation of new and disease resistant varieties of wheat and other crops.