Division of Vegetable Science concludes 5 days training programme on “Greenhouse Start Up – Grow Smart to Go Smart”

SRINAGAR: SKUAST , Kashmir held five-day training cum skill development program on “Greenhouse Start Up – Grow Smart to Go Smart” for the students of various agricultural universities across India to improvise their skill and creativity.
With an aim to create ‘awareness and motivation’ among the students to use Greenhouse cultivation technology as an enterprise, the event was organised by Division of Vegetable sciences SKUAST-Kashmir in collaboration with Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology ICAR-IARI, New Delhi under ICAR-World Bank funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project for institutional development of SKUAST-K. Around 350 students, scholars, faculty members and entrepreneurs participated in the training program.
Dr A.K. Singh, Director IARI, Spoke about the importance and avenues of greenhouse cultivation technology in mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture in the inaugural session of the event. Dr Indra Mani, heading the centre for protected cultivation and technology Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi interacted with the students and scientific staff on impact of Greenhouse technology in agricultural production particularly of horticultural crops. Dr. Faheema Mushtaq, Course Director reiterated the importance of greenhouse technology as an enterprise for coming generations. Dr. Murtaza Hasan, Scientist, CPCT-IARI discussed the importance of hydroponics and aeroponics to enhance the production of horticultural crops. Dr. Latief Ahmed, Scientist, Dryland Agriculture Research Station, Rangreth, SKUAST-Kashmir gave an edifying lecture on Automation, Sensor and IoT application in Protected cultivation Technology.
The valedictory session was chaired by Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Director Planning & Monitoring and PI NAHEP, SKUAST-K. He briefed the audience about the application and need of greenhouse technology in present fourth industrial revolution scenario. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr.Sumiti Narayan, Professor and Head, Division of Vegetable Science.

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