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35 day collaborative skill development training programme concludes
10/18/2018 10:25:28 PM
Early Times Report

Reasi, Oct 18: Department of Horticulture, Udhampur and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) successfully concluded 35 days collaborative skill development training programme on "Nursery Management .
The programme including Grafting and Budding of Fruit Plants" for rural youths here at Govt. Fruit Plants Nursery, Badolla, Udhampur under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) scheme. The programme was attended by 25 rural youths from different areas of Udhampur district with full zeal and enthusiasm. The programme was organized under the guidance and supervision of Director Horticulture, Jammu, Anuradha Gupta and Associate Director Extension and Incharge of KVKs of SKUAST-J, Dr.R.K.Arora. Various technical sessions were organized during the programme. During the valedictory function, Chief Horticulture Officer, Udhampur, Brij Vallabh Gupta welcomed the participants and gave a keynote address to the participants. While addressing the participants, he said that various technical skills including grafting and budding on fruit crops have been developed among the rural youth during the programme which further can help to enhance income and employment in the rural areas. He said that horticulture sector can play a significant role to double the farmers' income by 2022 and stressed on entrepreneurship development in fruit crops. While speaking on the occasion, Dr.Banarsi Lal,Incharge and Sr. Scientist-cum-Head, KVK, Reasi appreciated the participants for showing their keen interest in the training programme and urged them to take maximum benefit of this programme. He apprised the participants about the potential of fruit crops in the area and highlighted the significance of quality planting material to increase the fruit crops production in the area. He emphasized on scientific organic horticulture and said the farmers that the hilly areas have immense potential for organic fruit crops production and by organic fruit crops production farmers can fetch more prices. He urged the trainees to enrich the horticulture sector in the area with their newly acquired skills.
He stressed on the hybrid/improved varieties of fruit crops which can give the better yields as compared to the traditional varieties. He also emphasised on adoption of protected cultivation technology of fruits crops. Various topics on fruit plants nursery management, propagation techniques, insect-pests and diseases management, organic horticulture, nutrients and weed management, value addition, horticultural crops tools etc. were covered during the 35 days long programme. The participants expressed their satisfaction regarding the training progarmme and requested for organizing such programmes in future also. During the programme trainees interacted with the experts and asked some quarries which were answered satisfactorily by the experts. Dignitaries also awarded certficates of participation to the trainees during the valedictory function.
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