Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu has paid his first-ever maiden
visit to Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kathua after joining as a Vice Chancellor of SKUAST of
Jammu. He was accompanied by Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension, Dr. T.H. Massodi,
Registrar, SKUAST-K, Dr. M.S. Bhadwal, Dean F.V.Sc. & A.H., Dr. B. C. Sharma, Dean
Faculty of Agriculture, SKUAST-Jammu.
On this occasion, Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu inaugurated
Agri-enterpreneuers meet being organized by KVK Kathua under ARYA project. During the
meet he held a detailed interaction with the agri-enterpreneuers of the Kathua district who
have become role model in mushroom, goatry, floriculture and poultry.
In his inaugural address Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai emphasised upon the value addition,
processing and marketing of farm produce to achieve the maximum profit. Pointing towards
post-production losses, he suggested for surplus management by involving farmers in
processing activities for increasing share in consumer’s rupee. He further suggested for
establishment of some compulsory demo units in KVK such as value addition and processing
and farmers participatory seed production etc. He also directed to work in convergence mode with involvement of state departments, NABARD and ICAR institutes. Vice Chancellor also interacts with the progressive farmer’s present in the meeting and discuss various issues and problems faced by farmer’s. He further motivates the farmer’s towards crop diversification with special reference to cash crops, empowerment of FPO’s and their market linkage.
During the programme he further suggested to achieve ultra-model farming with the inclusion of micro-irrigation, automation and sensor based farming for the benefit of farming community.
He emphasized on cluster development approach in farming of cash crops and impressed
upon farmers that they should demarcate different clusters for different cash crops and take
KVK Kathua technical support for its development. During the interaction with Vice
Chancellor, various progressive farmers shared their experiences as well as raised some
problems being faced by them.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor was received and greeted by the team of scientists led by Dr. S.K Gupta, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu. In his address to the farmers Dr. S.K. Gupta assured the farming community for all possible technical support from KVK Kathua
Dr. S.K. Gupta Director Extension offered full cooperation from directorate to implement
mandatory activities of KVK. Dr. Amrish Vaid discussed the seed production programme of
the university and linkage with KVK Kathua. Dr. Vishal Mahajan, Senior Scientist and Head
KVK Kathua made a brief presentation on KVK activities. He also discussed success stories
and constraints faced by KVK in implementing activities for the farmers. During the
Agripreneurs’ meet, successful entrepreneurs in the area of mushroom floriculture, honey,
vermicomposting, turmeric etc. shared their experiences with the fellow farmers. Dr.
Anamika Jamwal carried out the proceedings of the programme and Dr. Berjesh Ajrawat
presented vote of thanks. Others who participated in the programme include Dr. Vishal
Sharma, Dr. Ashu Sharma, Dr. Ajay Kumar, Vijay Singh, Pankaj Mehra, Amit Kumar and
Sahil Sharma. At the end, vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Berjesh Ajrawat.