28th July, 2018, Budgam, Kashmir
Administrative-cum-lab building of KVK, Badgam under the jurisdiction of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) was inaugurated on here today.
Shri Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, IAS, Advisor to the Governor of J&K was the chief guest during the programme. He highlighted the importance of KVKs at district level which play a key role in acquainting the farmers with best practices and global bench marks in the agriculture sector. Urging the experts to navigate their knowledge into the fields, the Advisor exuded confidence that there will be exponential growth in the agriculture production of the state, as J&K primarily remains an agrarian society. He called upon the youth to experiment in 'Agri Entrepreneurship', by taking a leaf out of their counterparts in Europe and West where youth are moving towards environmentally-sound startup ventures. Describing fertile land as God's gift to Kashmir, Shri Ganai highlighted the potential in other allied sectors of agriculture including Floriculture and Horticulture and vegetables. "KVK can become a one-stop centre for our youth to test waters in new agri-based ventures." he added.
Earlier, Prof. Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-K said Budgam is one of the leading districts in potato cultivation as well as vegetable production. He emphasized that KVK will ensure women empowerment and youth participation in capacity development and adoption of new technical know-how would boost the farm sector and increase the volume of production, which in return would increase their economic returns.
Shri M. D. Khan, Commissioner Secretary, Agriculture Production Department, Shri Khursheed Ahmed Ganai, ADC Budgam, Dr. Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Ludhiana and Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed, Director (Extension), SKUAST-K were also present in the function.
More than 400 farmers, farm women and youth participated in the function.
(Source: ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Ludhiana)