Director Agriculture Kashmir flags-off group of 70 farmers on inter-state exposure tour

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 13 (KNS): A group of 70 farmers from seven different districts of Kashmir division was today flagged-off by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhury Mohammad Iqbal for an exposure cum training visit outside the UT of J&K from the Directorate of Agriculture Kashmir.

The seven day exposure visit has been organised by the Farmers Training Centre (FTC), Ganderbal Kashmir under Sub Mission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE) of centrally sponsored schemes, National Mission for Agriculture Extension Technology (NAET-ATMA).

Chowdhury Iqbal while interacting with the farmers on the occasion, said that the visit has been organised for making the farmers aware of the latest technologies for commercial agriculture, Realtime trends in organic farming and cultivation of different agriculture crops on scientific lines.

He impressed upon the farmers to interact with the farm scientists, experts, and extension functionaries to get acquainted with upto date methodologies in crop cultivation on scientific lines.

He asked the farmers to enhance their technical skills in the field of integrated farming and to adopt the advanced technologies for cultivation of different agriculture crops after learning from such training/exposure visits.

Director Agriculture said that under the holistic document special attention has been given to the capacity building of farmers and to achieve this target a number of programs have been devised.

Giving details of the programme Deputy Director Agriculture (trainings) Kashmir, Idris Bashir Ahmad said that the group of 70 farmers (in first phase) from Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Srinagar, Ganderbal, Budgam and Anantnag will visit Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) Ludhiana Punjab, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana and Indian Institute of wheat and barley research Institute Karnal, Haryana. Joint Director Agriculture, (Extension) Mohd Syeed peer, Joint Director Agriculture (Inputs) Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Deputy Director Agriculture (Planning­) Mohammad Younis Chowdhury Deputy Director Agriculture (Central) Wahid-u-Rahman and other senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.(KNS)

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