Srinagar: A mega high yielding , quality protein disease and climate resilient Maize and Pulses seed distribution programme was held at Dapal village in MACHIL sector was conducted jointly by Border Security forces and SKUAST KASHMIR.
Prof Nazir Ahmed Ganai,Vice Chancellor, Prof Dil Mohammad Makdoomi , Director Extension SKUAST along with Mr.Ram Babu Singh Inspector General BSF and a team of BSF officers field from BSF air base to Machil,Kupwara on Sunday .The arrangments were joint made by advance parties deputed by BSF and scientists and staff of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kupwara.
The programme was conducted in Govt HighSchool Dapal where 200 farmers besides officers of BSF, DDC, sarpanch School staff ,Students ,Ghram Pradans ,panches of the area participated.
100 kg Bio-605 variety Maize and support free growing SKUAST released a variety ofBeans seed 40 kgs were distributed among the farmers. Prof. Ganaie ,the VC SKUAST-KASHMIR addresses the farmers and apprised them about need to go for speciality agriculture , improved livestock Husbandry practices for making farmers of this far-flung area self reliant.He cited the roles of students in proving as game changers and promised the audience that University shall continue to help the poor farmers of the area and shall send students of the university on roll for internship and externe training programmes to different frontier villages to study the hardships faced by such people and explore possible remedial measures.He invited Officers if the BSF for participating in our zero week orientation programmes to be started by the University.
Inspector general Ram Babu Singh Lauded the role of university for covering 100 kanals of otherwise non cultivable land under the ambit of mega Maiz seed and pulses distribution programme which will provide high yielding , quality protein, resistant and climate resilient hybrid and duel purpose crop to the farmers of this high altitude area that would give them in addition fodder for their animals. IG BSF promised the students of the area that they will be taken for an exposure visit to widen their horizons.He requested university authority to consider possible cultivation of dragon fruits and Pumpkins in the area.
Prof Dil Mohammad Makdoomi , Director Extension explained to the farmers the very essence of starting cultivation of early maturing varieties of wheat, Maiz and Pulses. He briefed the farmers details of the Package of practice given by the seed production division of the university and roped the farmers in 4 different whatsapp groups for the formation of four different organic product based farmer producer organizations. He stressed upon elected Ghram pradans to join a Manage Hyderabad sponsored on- line programme on Natural and organic farming to be organised by Directorate of extension in the days to come.
On the occasion a package of practice for Maize was released at the hands of the dignitaries on dice.The team KVK Kupwara lead by Dr Sajad ,Dr Firdous Raina and Dr Rais conducted an awareness programme , and thanked the audience for participating.In after noon Vice Chancellor and Director Extension were flown back to srinagar in BSF helicopter.