Prof J P Sharma, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-J Thursday suggested for adoption of income oriented activities for achieving the aim of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
He was chairing the 18th Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Jammu working under the administrative control of Sher-e Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and technology of Jammu.
Prof J P Sharma also advised KVK Jammu to explore the possibilities of sensor based irrigation system, conservation agriculture, increased fertilizer and water use efficiency modals along with climate smart agriculture. Vice chancellor also advocated for promotion of various schemes of AtmaNirbhar Bharat during their awareness programme. Dr J P Sharma deliberated upon the creation of protected cultivation structures, integrated farming system and establishment of processing cum value addition unit at each KVK.
Director ICAR-ATARI Zone I Ludhiana, Dr Rajbir Singh, participated through virtual mode in the meeting. In his remarks Dr Rajbir Singh appreciated the efforts of KVK Jammu and also suggested to work on Agri-Horticulture system with more focus on Animal Husbandry sector and adoption of Fisheries for sustainable and increased production in the district.
Earlier, at the outset, Director Extension, SKUAST-J, Dr S K Gupta, welcomed all the district heads of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries, Forest, Lead bank, NABARD, Horticulture marketing etc. in the meeting and informed that Scientific advisory committee meetings are conducted to review the progress report and finalize the annual action plan for the upcoming year.
Sr Scientist and Head KVK Jammu, Dr Punit Choudhary presented the detailed overview of the activities conducted for the benefits of the farming community of Jammu district and also proposed annual action plan for the upcoming year.
Dean FVSc & AH, Dr M S Bhadwal provided on spot suggestion for up-gradation of annual action plan of KVK Jammu and queries raised by officers of Animal Husbandry Department. Heads of the line departments interacted thoroughly and putforth their valuable suggestion during the meeting.
Progressive farmers of Jammu region also put forth their views during the meeting.
Scientist Home Science, Dr Sheetal Badyal, conducted the proceeding of the meeting, whereas Scientist Horticulture, Dr Ravneet Kour recorded the proceedings.
The meeting concluded with vote of thanks by Dr Prem Kumar, Scientist Fisheries.
Er Aahish Katoch, Raju Gupta, Poonam Abrol, S Satvir Singh and Ashok Kumar also helped in smooth conduct of the programme.