Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kathua under the aegis of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu today organized Training cum demonstration on drone technology in collaboration with Garuda Aerospace Limited in NICRA Cluster covering Kannah, Said, Sohal, Badohli, Loukhali. The Program was organised under the dynamic leadership of Prof. J.P Sharma Honourable Vice chancellor of SKUAST Jammu. The Program was inaugurated by Rajiv Jasrotia Ex. Forest Minister along with sarpanches and panches of various panchayts of the villages covered under NICRA cluster. The programme was attended by more than 100 persons including farmers and farm women.
At the outset of the programme Dr. Vishal Mahajan, Sr. Scientist and Head, KVK Kathua welcomed the chief guests, guest of honour’s, officers and officials from allied departments, sarpanches, panches, farmers and farmwomen in the programme. He briefed the farmers about the Drone Technology. He also discussed that in a major boost to promote precision farming in the district, the Union Ministry of agriculture and Farmer welfare has issued guidelines to make drone technology affordable to the stake holders of agriculture and allied sectors.
Dr. Berjesh Ajrawat Senior Scientist also discussed that to promote the Drone Technology in agriculture the financial support is being extended under Submission on agriculture mechanisation. He also said that Agriculture Ministry is providing Rs. 10 lakh to two agriculture institutes for purchase of drones and custom hiring centres setup by Farmer Producer Organizations, rural entrepreneurs and cooperative society of farmers.
During the program demonstration on spraying of chemicals with the help of Drone was organized by Dr. Vishal Sharma in the presence of farmers to control fall army worm in maize crop. Vivek Sharma from IFFCO also demonstrated the Nano Urea in the farmer’s field.
Vikram Singh thanks the Senior Scientists & Head for organising the programme. He also requested the Scientists of KVK Kathua to organise such types of programmes and demonstration in future also. Progressive farmer Vikram Singh and Balbir Singh appreciated the efforts of KVK-Kathua in providing technical inputs and technical knowhow on crops that can be grown in the area.
Among others, Sahil Sharma SRF NICRA project and Amit Kumar contributed towards successful organization of the programme.Rajeev Jasrotia Ex-Forest Minister praised the staff members of KVK for organizing such a mega event.