Gurez visit of ACRIP, SKUAST Kashmir concludes
40 Qtls of quality wheat seed distributed; several farmer-scientist interactions also held
BANDIPORA: All India Coordinated Research Project (ACRIP) on Seed, Srinagar Centre, in coordination with Mountain Agriculture Research and Extension Station-Izmarg, Gurez today concluded Training cum Quality seed distribution programme in blocks of Gurez and Tulial.
The first Programme was organized in the village Churwan of block Gurez, where 20 Qtls of SKUAST-K released a variety of Wheat (Shalimar Wheat-2) was distributed amongst the farmers and a training programme regarding the scientific techniques involved in the production of the wheat crop, was organized.
During the second leg, a seed distribution cum training programme was organized in village Saradaab of block Tulial and 20 quintals of wheat seed was also distributed there and a good number of farmers participated in both programmes.
On both occasions, Prof M Ashraf Bhat, Nodal Officer Seeds laid emphasis on the perfect usage of production technology of all the crops and other SKUAST Kashmir-generated technologies (including growing of high-yielding varieties) for increasing maximum food production from limited and shrinking resources and to combat various problems arising due to climate change.
Prof Bhat appealed farming community to work in close coordination with Research Station, Izmarg and KVK-Gurez for the effective implementation of various schemes and generated technologies. He briefed about the technological intervention of AICRP Seed in improving the livelihood security of Tribal Farmers of Kashmir.
Dr Naseer A Dar, Prof/Chief Scientist from the Directorate of Research emphasized upon farmers to formulate detailed information about local potatoes and rajmash to enable the Directorate of Research to register local landraces with protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Rights Act, New Delhi to exploring submission of requisite documents for Genome Savour Award.
He also stressed for creation of Farmer’s Producer Organisations (FPOs) for the effective redressal of many complex problems in the region.
Dr Bilal Ahmad Bhat, Head, MAR &ES, Gurez impressed upon farmers to cultivate crops on scientific grounds to get maximum profit from limited land. He apprised the visiting team of various endemic problems faced by the farming communities of the Gurez region. He also presented a detailed framework of the Seed Production programme taken in coordination with AICRP on Seed.
On the occasions, Dr Gowhar Ali presented the details of the AICRP Seed and Tribal Seed Plan Schemes which are in operation in Tribal areas of Kashmir for the last four years. The local representatives of both blocks revealed great satisfaction over the distribution of quality seeds of various crops by AICRP Seed under the TSP scheme.
Earlier, during the years, 2020-21 and 2021-22, the same Wheat seed distribution cum training programmes were organized in villages of Buglinder, Gund Gul Sheikh, Malagam, Hussangam, Baduaab of block Tulial and village Koragbal of block Baghtour.
A Seed village of quality Wheat seed was established in Panchayat halqa Buglinder-A comprising of villages Buglinder and Gund Gul Sheikh through AICRP (Seed) and MAR&ES-Gurez, and the farmers from adjoining villages are now getting quality seed from the said cluster produced by some selected progressive farmers.