VC SKUAST Chairs Scientific Advisory Meeting of Srinagar and Budgam KVK’s

SRINAGAR: The 17th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KrishiVigyan KendraSrinagar and 8thscientific Advisory Committee meeting of Budgam were held at KVK- Srinagar under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST- Jammu and Kashmir, Prof. J. P. Sharma. Director Extension, SKUAST-K, Prof.Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, Dr. AmalSaxena Associate Director, Scientists from KVK’s of Srinagar and Budgam attended the meeting along with the progressive farmers from both the districts. Officers of Development Department of Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Horticulture, Agriculture, Sericulture, Floriculture, Fisheries, NABARD, Lead Bank also participated online and offered their feedback. The agenda of the meeting was to review the work done during theyear 2020-21 and also to analyze the proposed action plan for the year 2021-22 in respect of both the KVK’s.
Vice-Chancellor appreciated the outreach and work done by both the Kendras and congratulated awardee farmers of Budgam and Srinagar for their contribution to the productivity of farm produce. Prof. J.P. Sharma urged the officers and Scientists for establishing strong linkage for the benefit of farming community. He emphasized on creation of Farmer Produce Organizations (FPO) and Product Specific Organizations wherever feasible,irrespective of agricultural/ livestock products.He stressed on exploration of marketing channels, climate smart and precision agriculture, plant and animal clinical camps particularly in far-flung, less explored and needy areas for the benefit of farming community. He enjoined upon the scientists of the KVKs to create awareness about the Govt. schemes suitable for farming community and provide the know-how to get the benefit from all such scheme. Prof.Sharma impressed upon the need to think about the post harvest losses through processing, value addition, proper marketing.
Prof.Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, Director Extension SKAUST-K in his address asked for active collaboration of KVKs with Line Departments for all extension activities. Hesuggested to drive the action plan of KVK,s as per the feedback received from Line Departments and Farmers in order to achieve the goals set underAatmNirbar Bharat initiative of the Govt. of India. He also emphasized on stronger community outreach and farmer oriented FLDs, OFTs, trainings and demand-driven awareness programme for the greater productivity and profitability of agriculture and allied sectors. Prof. Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, released the four publications, two each from both the KVK’s in this meeting and stressed on identification of cluster-village based technologies and horizontal expansion of proven or tested technologies.
Dr. Rekhi Singh, Head of KVK Srinagar and Dr. Nasir Ahmad Dar, Head KVK Budgam presented the Annual Progress Report (2020-21) and Action Plan for the year 2021-22 during the meeting for discussion and deliberation.

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