BANDIPORA: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Bandipora Saturday organized a special camp for quality seed distribution to tribal farmers in collaboration with NSP unit of SKUAST-K Shalimar at village Surinder to boost the double cropping in this backward area.
Addressing the gathering of farmers and farm women, Director Extension SKUAST Kashmir, Prof. Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi stressed upon the need of sustainably using existing natural resources through crop and livestock production systems to achieve long term higher productivity and farm income under climate vulnerabilities and to adapt appropriate mitigation technologies such as cultivation of tolerant varieties to overcome climate stress.
He said that climate change is real and farmers have to use resources like water and nutrients efficiently and adapt conservation agricultural practices to build a congenial environment for plant growth. Dr Gowhar Ali, Incharge NSP deliberated upon the importance of quality seed for development of agriculture sector particularly in the tribal areas where quality seed availability is often a limiting factor for enhancing yields of crops.
Dr. Tariq Sultan, Scientist KVK Bandipora sensitized the farmers about the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in disseminating the latest technologies and high yielding crop varieties to farmers of the district.
During the event, 15 quintals high yielding seeds of wheat variety, Shalimar Wheat-2 and 3 quintals of Rajmash (Local land race) well adapted to hilly regions were distributed free among more than 100 farmers and farming women of the village for laying front line demonstrations. Mr. Mohammad Shafi Khan, Sarpanch and prominent Gujar representative thanked the SKUAST-K for this initiative.