REASI: Incharge, KVK, Reasi, Banarsi Lal on Monday said the hilly areas had immense potential in organic vegetable growing. He guided the farmers for scientific commercial vegetable growing saying by growing organic vegetables in a scientific way they were able to generate more income and employment.
He was speaking at the conclusion of 4 day long vocational training programme on “Entrepreneurship development in organic vegetables growing” organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu here on Monday at village Talwara (Zero More).
The training programme was conducted under the supervision of Associate Director Extension (ADE) and I/C KVKs of SKUAST-J, R K Arora. Large number of tribal rural youths, farmers, farm women of the village participated in the programme. Various technical sessions were organised on scientific organic vegetable growing in the hilly areas.
He elaborated the scientific guidelines for winter vegetable growing, especially the roots and cole crops. He stressed on quality seed and scientific cultural operations for commercial vegetable growing. He educated the trainees about the advantages of protected cultivation to produce the vegetables of high quality and yields even in the off-season when the prices are high in the market. He emphasised on use of vermicompost, biofertilisers and organic fungicides and organic pesticides in vegetables. He demonstrated the nursery raising techniques in vegetables. He also educated the farmers on proper spacing and requirement of irrigation in the vegetables. He gave a detail view of organic methods for the disease and insect-pests management in the vegetables. He also guided the trainees on micro-irrigation and soil and water testing in the vegetable’s fields, it read.
Lal educated the farmers on Farmers Producers Organisations (FPOs) to market their organic vegetables. The scientist also suggested the farmers that they should use only well decomposed manures in their vegetable fields so that they can get healthy crop and keep their soil healthy. The scientist spoke on value addition in vegetables and suggested the farmers they can earn more money by the value addition of vegetables, read thehandout.
In this programme extension literature on scientific vegetables cultivation was also distributed among the farmers. High quality seeds on winter vegetables were also provided to the farmers, the handout added.