SKUAST-K hosts all-India potato project meet

Srinagar: SK University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology is hosting the 40th Annual Group Meeting of ICAR-All India Coordinated Research Project on Potato at Shalimar Campus here.
More than 80 delegates from various agricultural universities from across the country are participating in the meeting hosted by SKUAST-K’s Division of Vegetable Science, Faculty of Horticulture.
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai in his presidential remarks emphasized on improving the production and productivity of potatoes to address the issues of malnutrition and bring nutritional security in the region. He also stressed on the adoption of latest scientific technologies for making Kashmir a leading producer of potatoes in the country.
DDG, Horticultural Sciences, ICAR, Dr AK Singh, who was the chief guest at the occasion, highlighted the importance of using modern and cutting-edge technologies including IoT, Genomics and Precision Agriculture for developing high-yield varieties, which are suitable for the processing industry
Acting Director and PC Potato, ICAR-CPRI, Shimla, Dr. Devender Kumar, highlighted ICAR-AICRP on Potato’s role for the growth in potato productivity across the nation.
The Guest of Honor, Director Research, SKUAST-Kashmir Dr Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani, outlined the various initiatives taken by SKUAST-K in developing new technologies, especially in vegetable science. Dean, Faculty of Horticulture, SKUAST-Kashmir, Dr Shabir Ahmad Wani, briefed about the history of the potato and emphasized on the production of quality planting materials.
One book and two extension bulletins authored by Dr Syed Faheema Mushtaq, organizing secretary of the event, were also released on this occasion. Various faculty members, HoDs, Scientists of the University, Heads of Departments also participated in the event. Dr MI Makhdoom head division of Vegetable Science, SKUAST-K presented the vote of thanks.


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