SKUAST-K’s research centre Dusoo working to increase saffron corms: ACS

SKUAST-K’s research centre Dusoo working to increase saffron corms: ACS

Pampore: Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo and Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K Dr Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganaie visited the Research Centre and Seed Spices SKUAST-K Dusoo Pampore on Wednesday.
During the visit, Atal Dulloo inspected the trial crops of Kala Zeera and saffron beds. The scientists showed him saffron corms which were dug from the beds.
He said that different varieties of Kala Zeera seed are being grown in this center which farmers can now experience on their own land and their income can increase. He said that apart from saffron, farmers can also cultivate Kala Zeera in their fields, which can give farmers two crops and make their lives prosperous.
The ACS was accompanied by Director Agriculture Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhury , Director Extension SKUAST-K Dr Dil Mohammad Maqdoomi, Director Research T H Masoodi, Deen Horticulture SKUAST-K and other scientists.
During the visit, Atul Dulloo also interacted with the farmers from different areas of Pampore Tehsil and heard their suggestions and demands.
Later, the ACS held a meeting with officials and farmers at the research centre Dusoo Pampore. During the meeting, the farmers highlighted various issues.
“Today I visited the research centre here at Dusso Pampore. SKUAST Kashmir has domesticated Kala Zeera and now it can be cultivated,” Atall Duloo told Kashmir Reader, adding that they selected many genotypes out of which 4 varieties can be domestically cultivated.
He said that the big thing about Black Cumin is that it can be grown with saffron. He added that besides this the research centre is working on corm production.
“The farmers have been complaining about a decrease in corm production. The research centre is working on corm multiplication and exploring ways how it can be increased,” he said.
He told Kashmir Reader that research demonstrated that corms can be harvested after 8 months of sowing. He suggested that corms can be harvested after every two years so that they multiply in number.
He also elaborated that they will hold meetings and discussions to showcase to them the proper practice of sowing and harvesting of corms through documentary so that the number of corms gets increased.
He revealed that under the National Saffron Mission, a huge amount has been spent and many bore wells were dug. “Some bore wells were not properly maintained which will be revived soon,” he said.

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