SKUAST-Jammu celebrates World Soil Day (Dec 05, 2021, Jammu):

Advanced Centre for Horticulture Research (ACHR), Udeywalla, SKUAST-Jammu celebrated World Soil Day under the able guidance of Dr. J. P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu. More than hundred participants including farmers farmwomen, students and faculty members attended the programme. In his address, Vice Chancellor emphasized that soil is integral part of our lives and under present scenario of increasing human population and depleting natural resources, conservation of soil health is even more important. He directed that the soil health cards issued to farmers are very important and the scientists should make all efforts to translate the information given on these cards for practical utility of farmers. He also insisted that different government schemes must reach the farmers and all
government machinery should aware the farmers about these schemes. Sh. Ram Sewak, Director Horticulture, Jammu addressed the gathering and assured the orchardists that the department will always come up with farmer friendly schemes.
He also stressed upon the farmers to go for high density plantings and also to adopt strawberry cultivation in Jammu plains. Dr. S. K. Tyagi, Programme Coordinator AICRIP, CIPHET Ludhiana told the gathering that their centre is collaborating with SKUAST Jammu for slow release fertilizer experiments. He also said that nano technologies in soil science holds the future. Sh. Sohan lal Sharma, I/C Comptroller,Dr. Pradeep wali, ADR, Sh. C. L. Sharma, Joint Director Horticulture, S.
Sarabjeet Singh, CHO, Jammu along with district SMS and other officers from department were present.
Describing soil testing as the imperative to soil health management, Dr. Vikas Sharma, Head, Soil science division highlighted the importance of nurturing soil health for improved and sustainable horticulture. Dr. P.K. Rai, Sr. Scientist made the farmers aware of management practices for maintaining healthy soil and demonstrated the use of soil health card to the participants. Dr. Vikas Tandon, Professor, briefed farmers about ongoing initiatives by Centre of Excellence, Horticulture, ACHR for the farmers.
Dr. Parshant Bakshi, highlighted the importance of healthy soil. Dr. Vivak Manohar Arya Assitant Professor, Soil Science gave important tips for soil test based nutrient application in Jammu soils, Dr. Akash Sharma, Asst. Prof. explained roof top gardening to participants. Dr. Sheetal Dogra, Asst. Prof., Dr. A.P. Rai, Jr. scientist and Dr. Brinder Choudhary also spoke on the different aspects of Soil testing.
During the interactive discussion on soil health card, participants displayed their keen interest in soil testing kit. Packets of bio-stimulant and bio-fertilizers also provided the participants. Winners of quiz competition were given prices by the chief guest.Staff of ACHR coordinated the programme.


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