VC advises scientists to focus on quality improvement of crops, commodities
SRINAGAR: Vice Chancellor (VC) SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed on Friday advised scientists of the university to focus on value addition and quality improvement of crops and commodities. He also advised the scientists to prioritise their research programmes based on the needs of the society and to initiate efforts to promote organic agriculture in different pockets of the state particularly around Dal Lake and other major water bodies.
Prof Nazeer was speaking while inaugurating 57th Research Council Meeting (Kharif) of SKUAST-Kashmir here at Shalimar Campus, an official handout read.
He asked researchers and extension scientists to work in collaboration with development departments to showcase technological improvements. Prof Nazeer also desired HoDs for compilation of recommendations of concluded research council projects for the benefit of farming community.
Congratulating the scientists and students of different faculties for their academic and research achievements by bagging different fellowships at India and international level, Prof Nazeer Ahmed appreciated the breeders of the university for developing 8 new varieties of different crops which shall be submitted soon to State Seed Committee for release. He informed that the scientists of the university through their hardwork during last 6 months were able to file 5 patents in different products and processes, the handout read.
On the occasion, Director Research of SKUAST-K, Prof M Saleem Mir highlighted the research attainments and spelled out the university’s outreach programme at India and international level besides details of external funded projects submitted to different funding agencies.
On the occasion, the university vice-chancellor also released 3 manuals and 5 pamphlets enlisting overview of baby corn cultivation, high altitude purple maize, low cost rearing huts and polyhouse technologies for mass multiplication of mulberry plants, it added.