JAMMU, Jan 17: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) conducted its 10th Extension Education Council meeting under the chairmanship of Prof Pradeep K Sharma, Vice-Chancellor to plan and recommend strategies for effective implementation of agricultural extension programmes of the University for the year 2018-19.
Dr Rameshwar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Bihar Animal Science University, Patna and Dr AK Mehta, Former ADG (Agril Extension), ICAR, New Delhi were eminent experts of Animal Sciences and Agricultural Sciences, respectively invited for the meeting.
Ravinder Nath Sadhu, Special Secretary, Agriculture Production Department represented Government of J&K as a special guest.
Dr KS Risam, Director Extension, Dr J P Sharma, Director Research, Dr T A S Ganai, Director Education, Dr D P Abrol, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr MMS Zama, Dean, Faculty of FVSc and AH, Dr SEH Rizvi, Dean, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Dr Deepak Khar, Director Planning and Monitoring, Department representatives of Director Agriculture, Jammu, Director Horticulture, Director Sheep Husbandry, Director Fisheries, Director Floriculture, Director Sericulture, Irrigation and Flood Control, Registrar Cooperatives and Director Rural Development Jammu also participated in the meeting.
At the outset, Dr KS Risam, Director Extension, SKUAST-Jammu welcomed the dignitaries and deliberated upon the importance of holding such meetings.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor PK Sharma expressed satisfaction on convergence and linkages developed between University and line departments for effective implementation of extension programmes.
Dr Rameshwar Singh stressed upon the need for prioritizing animal husbandry sector for supplementation of farm incomes. He also briefed the house about the potential of livestock sector in the region and importance given by most of the states to animal husbandry sector. He further emphasized on enhancing livestock activities by KVKs with strengthening of scientific manpower in the discipline. He also mooted the idea of having Pashu Vigyan Kendras on the pattern of Rajasthan and establishment of Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) at the University under RKVY.
Dr AK Mehta stressed on further coordination among the stakeholders for enhancing production / productivity of crops and income of farmers.
All the heads of agriculture and line departments shared their views and queries regarding organization of extension activities for the farmers.
The heads and representatives of KVKs presented their annual action plans for the year 2019-20 and various suggestions were made by the members to formulate effective plans based on the needs of local farmers.
Dr AK Sharma, Associate Director Extension carried out the proceedings of the meeting and presented vote of thanks.