SKUAST-Jammu sensitizes farmers observing 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava

In a bid to commemorate 75th Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava, a one day farmers trainingprogramme was organized by All India Coordinated Research Project on Dryland Agriculture at Advanced Centre for Rainfed Agriculture, Rakh Dhiansar under the able guidance of Prof. J.P. Sharma, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu wherein more than 50 numbers of farmers from the domain area have participated. The purpose of training programme is to sensitize the farming community about the rising nutrient deficiencies in soil due to faulty usage of fertilizers thereby deteriorating soil health and crop productivity. 

At the outset, Dr. A. P. Singh, Incharge AICRPDA welcomed the chief guest Dr. Pradeep Wali, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu and briefed about the various research activities being taken up at ACRA, Rakh Dhiansar. The programme was inaugurated by Dr. Pradeep Wali, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu. While addressing the participants, Dr. Wali impressed upon the sustainable management of soil resource by making balanced use of nutrient sources to harness the productivity potential of rainfed soils.

Dr. Jai Kumar, Scientist (Agronomy) briefed about the scientific cultivation techniques of rabi crops. Dr. Kumar laid special emphasis on moisture conservation practices for realizing higher crop productivity under moisture stress conditions.

While addressing the farmers, Dr. A. P. Rai scientist (Soil Science) stressed   upon adoption of resource conservation practices for achieving higher crop productivity and soil sustainability. Dr. Brinder Singh Scientist (Soil Science) discussed about the importance of soil testing and integrated use of nutrient sources to realize optimum economic returns in crop production activity. Dr. Rohit Sharma Scientist (Agronomy) deliberated upon the importance of organic nutrient management practices for sustaining crop productivity and improving soil health without deteriorating the soil and environmental health. Dr. Reena Scientist (Entomology) and Dr. Sonika Jamwal Scientist (Plant Pathology) briefed the farmers about various integrated insect and disease management techniques and laid special emphasis on the use of biorationals and plant extracts for management of various insects in crops, fruits and vegetables. Dr. Permendra Singh Scientist (Agronomy) deliberated upon the various centrally sponsored schemes and exhorted the farmers to take the advantage of these schemes. Those who were present    

The farmers appreciated the efforts of the AICRPDA, scientists and also requested to organize such type of trainings in future too. The programme ended up with the formal vote of thanks proposed by Dr. A. C. Jha Scientist (Plant Pathology). 


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