Srinagar: On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day Celebrations the two Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs) of SKUAST Kashmir namely KVK Anantnag and KVK Kupwara were rewarded for their exemplary contribution in enhancing the economic and nutritional security of resource poor farmers in these districts.
Besides promoting IFS model in the Chain of SKUAST-KASHMIR KVKs,the programme of seed production and seed dissemination among needy and progressive farmers was carried out in collaboration with Dryland Agriculture Research Station, Rangreth an apex Research Station of SKUAST-K. Improved seed of crops like Maize, Pulses and Fodder Oats was distributed among farmers of the two districts of SKUAST -K developed varieties to help the farmers reap the benefit of advanced research product development.
The programmes were carried out under the supervision of Worthy Director Extension , SKUAST-Kashmir Prof. Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi who monitored the activities with personal visits on demanded occasions in Kupwara and Anantnag besides other KVKs. Lauding the role of KVKs, Prof Nazir Ahmed Ganai Vice Chancellor said that the University supplied huge quantity of seed to both these KVKs for seed propagation purposes covering more than 75 hectares in Anantnag and 55 hectares in Kupwara in Maize, Pulses and Fodder Oats. The areas covered ranged from far-flung areas like Tangdar, Machil and Larnoo to name a few.
In addition to above distribution, under the DBT funded network project on biofortified maize demonstrations were carried out in farmers fields on 2 hectare area in kupwara and anantnag each to augment the poultry requirements of feed.Hybrid Maize Seed production in participatory mode was also carried out in both the districts and the farmers were duly rewarded. The spread of varieties like KG-2 in maize, Shalimar Moong 2 and Shalimar