JAMMU, June 20: Achieving another milestone, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, in the presence of Prof Pradeep K Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu.
The MoU was signed by Dr RK Arora, Associate Director, Extension & I/c KVKs on behalf of SKUAST-Jammu and Naveen Gulati, Director (NR) on behalf of PCRA for creating awareness among farmer community regarding petroleum conservation.
The Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) under the administrative control of SKUAST-Jammu will be involved in creating awareness among the farming community for efficient use of petroleum products in agriculture sector, with an aim to reduce the cost of cultivation on one side and environment protection on the other.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Pradeep K Sharma briefed about the importance of advocating practices which can led to sustainable agriculture in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. He expressed his belief that such joint efforts shall result in saving of diesel & money for the farmer community and also contribute towards educating them on adoption of newer fuel efficient equipments/products being introduced in the market.
Sanjeev Verma, Joint Director, PCRA elaborated the efforts of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in bringing down the injudicious use of petroleum products in transport, industrial and agriculture sectors. He informed about the network of schools/colleges/universities established by PCRA for creating awareness on such practices which would result in achieving the higher fuel efficiency in the use of Tractors, Lift Irrigation Pumps & other equipments.
The statutory officers of the University including Dr TAS Ganai, Director Education, Dr Deepak Kher, Director Planning & Monitoring, Dr Dileep Kachroo, Registrar, Rajesh Talwar, Comptroller, Dr MMS Zama, Dean, FVSc & AH, SR Dogra, Estates Officer, Dr VK Razdan, University Librarian, Iqbal Singh Ex Engineer and Heads of KVKs, were also present during the programme.