Ganderbal: Krishi Vigyan Kendra Ganderbal organised a training cum awareness programme on Quality Seed Production in Rice under participatory mode at Shuhama.
In a statement issued to Kashmir Despatch, the KVK said that the training has been organised in collaboration with National Seed Project, SKUAST-K Shalimar.
The programme was graced by Prof. (Dr.) Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, Director Extension SKUAST-K as the Chief Guest and attended by Scientific and Supporting staff of KVK Ganderbal, NSP SKUAST-K,farmers and farmwomen.
At the outset, Dr. Rafiya Munshi, Scientist KVK Ganderbal welcomed the participants. Dr. Eajaz Ahmad Dar, SMS KVK Ganderbal gave a detailed overview of good agronomic practices, soil & water management for higher productivity of rice and described practices like seed bed preparation, transplanting, & fertilizer management. Dr. Dar emphasised the importance of rice in the economy of the state & highlighted the need to become self-sufficient in rice by following scientific methods of Seed Production. Dr. Gowhar Ali, Nodal Officer Seeds, NSP, SKUAST-K Shalimar gave a detailed lecture about ‘Scientific Seed Production in Rice’. He highlighted the seed rate, weed control and optimum geometry for quality seed production.
Prof. (Dr.) Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, Director Extension SKUAST-K described the pivotal role played by rice in food & livelihood security of the people of J&K. He emphasised the importance of quality seed in enhancing production &highlighted the need of adopting scientific techniques in rice cultivation. He advised the farmers to maintain contact with the KVK team for better productivity. On the occasion, seven quintals of paddy seed & two quintals of rajmash seed were distributed among thirty farmers of different villages like Nunner&Giraj.The programme concluded with Interaction cum Feedback, wherein the participants raised various queries regarding the cultivation of rice and its management.The session ended with formal vote of thanks by Dr. Shafat Ahmad Banday, Scientist, KVK Ganderbal the statement further reads.