Srinagar: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir held an awareness program on ‘Agri-Business Consultancy for Employment of Rural Youth and Services’ in Kulgam.
The awareness was organised by SKUAST-K’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kulgam under the Innovative Extension Approaches for Promoting Agriculture in Jammu and Kashmir Project of the Holistic Agriculture Development Program (HADP).
The program witnessed the participation of farmers, rural youth, students and entrepreneurs from different parts of the district Kulgam. Director Extension, SKUAST-K, Prof Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, who was the chief guest at the occasion, encouraged the participants to avail the opportunities under HADP, emphasising its potential to render farming not only lucrative but also attractive to the youth and progressive farmers. He underscored the role of various technologies in bridging the gap between scientists and farmers and stressed on the importance of Agri-business in enhancing agricultural income.
ADC Kulgam Showkat Ahmad Rather underscored the significance of the exchange of knowledge and ideas among farmers, rural youth and entrepreneurs, highlighting the profound and positive influence it holds for the agricultural landscape of the district. A healthy discussion about various schemes was there between the farmers and the officials.
Head, KVK Kulgam, Dr Manzoor A Ganai in his inaugural address highlighted the role of FPOs in increasing the income of the farming community in general and the country in particular.