Awantipora: A day-long quality Improvement training programme on spices was conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Extension Training Centre (ETC) Campus Malangpora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday.
The programme was organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra/Extension Training Centre Pulwama, in collaboration with Spice Board Regional Office Srinagar.
The programme aimed to familiarize participants with the diverse aspects of spice production, covering the fundamentals of cultivation and advanced scientific methods for processing and value addition. The primary focus was on empowering rural youth with the skills and knowledge essential for spice cultivation.
This initiative not only holds the promise of economic prosperity but also addresses the prevalent issue of growing unemployment in the region, KVK Malangpora head Dr Javaid Ahmad Mugloo told Kashmir Reader.
The event drew a large gathering from adjoining areas of KVK and unfolded in two insightful technical sessions.
Professor Afsah Nehvi, the coordinator of the programme, along with other seasoned experts, delved deep into the scientific aspects of spice cultivation.
Professor Dil Mohammad Makdoomi, Director Extension at SKUAST-Kashmir who was the chief guest, emphasized to the participating farmers the need to adopt scientific practices for quality production of saffron, Kala Zeera, Shallots, and Kashmiri Chilli, making the cultivation more profit-oriented.
Additionally, he briefed them on the significance of such training programs in shaping the careers of unemployed youth.
Professor F. A. Nehvi, a Marketing Consultant at Spice Board, delivered a detailed presentation on “Saffron – A commercial spice of Kashmir.” Ashutosh Gautam, Incharge of Spice Board Regional Office Srinagar, briefed participants on export promotion and the development of Kashmiri spices.
Professor and Head of KVK/ETC Malangpora, Dr Javaid Ahmad Mugloo, welcomed dignitaries and participants, providing an overview of the program’s background and purpose. He also emphasized the sector’s profitability, driven by the medicinal properties of spices and their increasing global demand.
The programme was skillfully moderated by Dr Gowhar Nabi, ensuring smooth and effective facilitation throughout its duration. It culminated with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr Abdul Rouf, expressing gratitude to all participants and contributors for their valuable contributions to the success of the programme.