Srinagar: Krishi Vigyan Kendra-Leh, SKUAST-K organized an interaction programme on ‘Food and Nutrition for Farmers’. The interaction was organized on the occasion of web telecast of
Union Agriculture Minister Sh. Narendra Tomar’s address to the scientific fraternity and farmers from across the country. The programme conducted as a part of the country wide compaign
‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahatsov’ to celebrate the country’s achievements in different fields since Independence also was addressed by Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Sh.
Kailash Choudhary. Dr. Prof. J. P. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of both SKUAST-Kashmir and SKUAST-Jammu was the guest of honour on this occasion while Prof. Dr. D. M. Makhdoomi, Worthy Director Extension chaired the meeting. Vice Chancellor while addressing the farming community said that the
The country since independence has made huge progress in food grains production. The food grains production has increased six times from 50 MT in 1950’s to more than 300 MT at present, but nutritional security is still an issue. Hunger and Malnutrition are still prevalent in the country even after 75 years of independence. Every 4 out of 10 children in the country suffer from stunting and wasting. Vice-chancellor called for a 5A approach to tackle the problem of hunger and malnutrition. He exhorted upon the scientists to work on Awareness, Availability,
Accessibility, Affordability and Assimilation. Prof. Sharma also called for doubling farmers’ income by promoting sustainable agriculture practices based on use of local resources, motivating farmers for diversification, creating appropriate marketing opportunities for the producers and to focus on value addition and food processing to avoid food losses and wastage.
Dr. F. D. Sheikh Programme Coordinator, KVK-Leh spoke of the various interventions made by KVK-Leh in ensuring nutritional security of the farming community in the region. HVC appreciated KVK-Leh for all its endeavour towards the socio-economic upliftment of the farming community of the region.