SKUAST-J organizes training on rare exotic, spice vegetables

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 2: A team of scientists of the Division of Vegetable Science and Floriculture from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu, visited Pinjore village in Marh block educating farmers of the area about production of quality planting material and dissemination of production technology of exotic and spice vegetables under the HTMM (ICAR) Projects.
Educating the farmers, Dr R K Samnotra, Professor & Head (Vegetable Science) stressed upon the farmers for growing highly remunerative exotic and rare vegetables to catch up the growing demand of such vegetables and enhance their farm income.
Dr Sandeep Chopra and Dr Manoj Kumar persuaded the farmers for cultivation of Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, ginger, turmeric, red and yellow capsicums for meeting the local demand of these vegetable vis-à-vis earning huge farm income.
Dr R K Pandey discussed the agronomic practices of cut and loose flowers. Professor V S Verma educated the farmers about the harmful health hazards of synthetic fungicides though being effective against fungal and bacterial diseases and stressed upon multiple benefits using biopesticides.
He categorically emphasized that fungal and bacterial biopesticides were not only safe for the soil health, but also manage a variety of fungal and bacterial diseases of many crops, besides helping in all plant growth parameters enhancing the vegetable production. Progressive farmer Sudesh Sharma and Sarpanch of Pinjore Sham Lal Sharma requested the scientists to continue their efforts for educating the farmers of Marh Block for adopting latest agro-technologies.