Farmers raise issue of adulteration in Mushkbudji
Srinagar: The 8th and 16thscientific advisory committee meetings of Krishi Vigyan Kendras Anantnag and Kulgam were held at KVK Kulgam under the chairmanship of Professor J P Sharma, Vice Chancellor and Professor Dil Mohammed Makhdoomi Director Extension SKUAST-Kashmir As guest of Honour. Dr. Amal Saxena (Associate Director), scientists from KVK Anantnag and Kulgam attended the meeting along with the progressive farmers, young entrepreneurs, lady self help groups and other diginitories from both the Districts. The officers from the development departments of Agriculture. Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture, Fisheries, Floriculture,NABARD, Lead Bank and the representative scientist from MRCFC Khudwani DARS Rangreth participated in the meeting online and presented their valuable feedback, that would form the basis of future course of action for both the KVKs. During the meeting the work done during the year 2020-21 was reviewed and the action plan for year 2021-22 was discussed.
The Vice Chancellor, appreciated the KVKs for the work they are undertaking and emphasized to re-orient agricultural activities in conformity and consonance with the priorities as laid down in ATMA Nirbar Bharat Yojana. Worthy Vice Chancellor made the participants aware about the opportunities of crop diversification in Jammu and Kashmir under prevalent climate change scenario. He stressed upon the need of low volume high value crops, apple based intercropping systems and one District one commodity. Need and scope of post harvest crop management and honey processing were highlighted by the Vice Chancellor. Identification of pioneer master training Institutions for the KVK Scientists for helping the masses in entrepreneur development and popularization of ATMA Nirbar Yojana was also stressed upon by him during the meeting
The Director Extension, lauded the outreach and work done by both the KVKs and appreciated the progressive farmers and young entrepreneurs for their efforts and success. Director Extension stressed upon the need for developing the entrepreneurship in scientific apple pruning and training for growers of the Districts. He directed both KVKs to reflect the adoption percentage of the technology transferred to the through skill development programmes during the work done review meetings. He highlighted the huge local demand of the Urea Molasses Mineral Block (UMMB) and advised the Heads of the KVKs for demonstration of its production to the farming community. Director Extension gave emphases on need-based problem solving innovations like popularization and use of ultrasound technology in animals and mechanical paddy transplanted. He directed the Heads of the KVKs to conduct awareness programmes on the Govt Schemes and branding cum marketing of agricultural produce for the farming community in collaboration with the line departments.
Special attention on the prevalent adulteration in Mushkbudji was raised by the farmers and Director Extension gave directions for conducting of TV Programmes for creating awareness among the people about adulterated Mushbudji to safeguard the interests of FPO of Sagam dealing with Mushbudji cultivation.