JAMMU, Jan 17: State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI-J) organized three -day training programme on “Urban Agriculture”, at main campus SKUAST-Jammu Chatha.
The training programme was attended by 39 participants from Agriculture, Floriculture, Sericulture and Fisheries Departments.
Dr K S Risam, Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu and Director SAMETI-J, while inaugurating the training programme, emphasized upon participants for maximum interaction during training for effective awareness among urban people about “Urban Agriculture”. He also emphasized on multi-dimensions of “Urban Agriculture” and different urban agriculture production systems.
Dr R K Gupta, Director Research SKUAST-Jammu, delivered a lecture on container gardening for growing vegetables and herbs under Urban Agriculture and emphasized that this type of gardening will provide fresh vegetables in addition to reducing stress, feel happier and great boost to health of urban people.
Dr Raj Kumar Rampal, Prof & Head Environmental Sciences, University of Jammu, emphasized that urban waste management, its proper disposal and treatment will definitely reduce health hazard and provide manure, electricity and gas at cheaper rates to urban poor families.
Dr R K Sharma, Prof & Head, Div of Animal Nutrition; Dr P S Slathia, Professor Extension Education; Dr Vikas Tandon, Prof Biotechnology; Dr Gurdev Chand, Assoc Prof Plant Physiology; Sunil Kakru, Consultant IIT and Puja Nayyar, Deputy Director SAMETI-J, delivered lectures on hydroponic food/fodder production, prospects of fruit cultivation in urban areas, potential of ornamental flowers/plants and potential of ornamental fisheries which will help in poverty alleviation, food security, local economic development, recreational and empowerment of women etc in urban areas.
The participants were also given exposure to University of Jammu to overview the vertical garden, botanical garden and biodigester for preparation of compost. The participants interacted with different experts to know the latest innovations and technologies adopted.
Dr Rama Kant Sharma, Dy Director SAMETI-J, coordinated the programme.