ICAR workshop for Western Himalayan Region held at SKUAST-Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent

DDG ICAR releasing background note on Western Himalayan region during workshop at SKUAST - Jammu on Wednesday.
DDG ICAR releasing background note on Western Himalayan region during workshop at SKUAST – Jammu on Wednesday.

JAMMU, Nov 4: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) organized one day brainstorming workshop for Agro-climatic Zone -1 of Western Himalayan Region States of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J).
On the directives from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the brainstorming workshops are to be organized all over India in different agro-climatic zones to address the technological support, extension and demonstration service to farmers and to formulate roadmaps to provide the technological interventions and extension services.
Dr N K Krishan Kumar, Deputy Director General (Horticultural Science), ICAR, chaired the workshop in which Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST-Jammu Dr Pradeep K Sharma and Vice-Chancellor CSKHPKVV, Palampur, Dr K K Katoch participated.
On this occasion, background note on Agroclimatic Zone-1 was released for discussion. Dr P K Mishra, Director Indian Institute of Soil Water Conservation, Dehradun presented the background note of the workshop to initiate the discussion.
Dr Krishan Kumar, DDG, stressed upon need for identifying micronutrient deficiencies and developing formulations for foliar application especially in horticultural crops.  He laid emphasis on strengthening KVKs and use of ICTs like mobile technology for dissemination of innovations to farmers.
The scientists from the ICAR, SKUAST-Kashmir, SKUAST-Jammu, CSKHPVK Palampur, YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry Solan and Uttarakhand Agricultural Universities participated in the workshop and presented their view point on technological support in crop production, horticulture, agroforestry, natural resource management, animal husbandry, fisheries, agricultural engineering and agricultural extension.
The directors of agriculture, horticulture and allied departments from J&K, Himachal Pradesh & Uttarakhand presented their response & feedback about the agricultural and horticulture scenario in their States. Selected farmers from these states, present in the meeting, apprised the scientists about their problems.
The workshop was held under the overall coordination of Dr K S Risam Director Extension SKUAST-Jammu. Vote of thanks was presented by Dr Rajbir Singh Director ATARI Zone -1.

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