SRINAGAR: Directorate Extension SKUAST-Kashmir initiated three Skill Development Training programmes each of seven days duration and a short term Certificate course on Integrated Nutrient Management for fertilizer and input dealers . These programmes have been organized under under the overall guidance of Prof. J. P Sharma Vice-Chancellor SKAUST-J&K. Thirty farmers comprising of eight female and twenty-two males falling in the jurisdiction of KVK Leh were selected by Executive Councilor Agriculture Ladakh autonomous body Mr. Stanzin chospel. Their tour from Nobra to Leh was facilitated by KVK Leh. These Ladakhi farmers will be trained in organic vegetable production keeping in view the importance of subject under unique cold arid agro climatic condition region who will be trained for seven days in residential programmes and another group will be trained in quality planting material in vegetable. Certificate course in integrated nutrient management is a 15 days training programme for input and prospective dealers. It provides a first hand information on nutrient soil sampling, plant nutrient and uptake. Field visit to research station and KVK s are also a part of the programme. Director Extension Prof Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi deliberated extensively on the importance of all the four progrmmes. He advised the trainees to empower the youth through specific skills enabling them to serve the society at large and to earn their living in a dignified manner. While addressing the farmers from UT of Ladakh he said that the technology is the only means of transformation of the deserts into profitable agricultural resources and harnessing the benefits of the nature.