JAMMU, Oct 16: 5th J&K Agricultural Science Congress concluded today at the Main Campus Chatha of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu.
The Congress on the theme “Climate Change Management for Sustainable Agriculture, Livestock Farming and Ecological Development” was organized in collaboration with J&K State Council for Science & Technology Government of Jammu and Kashmir. More than 300 delegates across the country participated in the three day deliberations. Eleven lead lectures were delivered, 37 oral presentations were made and more than 35 posters were displayed during the Congress.
Dr Bhav Kumar Sinha, Dr Pawan Kumar Sharma and Dr Arvind Isher got best oral presentation awards whereas Dr Vivek M Arya, Sonam Chauhan, Simrandeep Kour got best poster presentation awards in their respective fields.
Professor Nazir Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST-Kashmir was the chief guest in the valedictory function of the Congress that was divided into seven different sub-themes focusing on climate change. Dr Nazir spoke about emerging challenges in plant and animal sciences, sustainable use of land and water resources, farm diversification, upcoming abiotic and biotic problems and strategies to overcome them.
Dr K S Risam, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu, who presided over the function, informed that there is a huge yield gap in rainfed and irrigated farming and potential still exists that can be filled by implementing the recommendations formulated during the Congress. These recommendations shall be communicated to development departments for formulation of sound policies for promoting agriculture and allied sectors in dry land areas for ensuring livelihood security of farmers of these areas.
Dr J P Sharma, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu and organizing secretary of the Congress presented the significant recommendations formulated during the Congress that include climate resilient agriculture, promotion of conservation and organic agriculture for rainfed areas, conservation tillage, promoting the use of aqua ferti-seed drills for maintaining proper plant population in water deficit areas, revival of village ponds for ground water recharge and providing supplemental irrigation during water stress in the rainfed areas, ex-situ water conservation through check-ponds and low cost farm reservoirs through participatory approach and Government support.
Earlier, Dr M M S Jama, Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences presented welcome address and the programme concluded with the vote of thanks, presented by Dr S E H Rizvi, Dean Faculty of Basic Sciences.