VC SKUAST-J emphasizes on extension beyond production during 12th SAC Meeting


Kathua, Oct 23: The 12th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of KVK, Kathua was organised today in the KVK Premises under the chairmanship of Prof. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu. Dr. S.K. Gupta, Director Extension, Sushil Kumar Angurana, Chief Horticulture Officer, Sh. Raju Gupta District Agriculture Officer (Exte-nsion), Amit Kumar DDM NABARD, Narain Singh, Lead Bank Manager, Sh. Marqueen Babu, DIC, Dr. Umesh Kumar, Assistant Veterinary Surgeon, Depa-rtment of Animal Husb-andry, Dr. Nitika Singh, Veterinary Assistant Sur-geon, District Sheep Husb-andry Department, B.V. Sharma, AEE, Irrigation, Rakesh Sharma & Kundan Lal, Forest Department, Rakesh Kumar, Fisheries, Balbinder Singh, Inspector Department of Sericulture attended the meeting and provide feedback for finalizing the action plan of KVK, Kathua.
Prof. J.P. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu in his remarks appreciated the work done by KVK Kathua and applaused the coordination between KVK and line departments. Stressing upon the issue of doubling the farming income, Prof. Sharma suggested to concentrate on value addition, post harvest management, integrated farming system and marketing.
He advised KVK scientists to prepare a vision document for district Kathua involving n strengths, opportunities and constraints in agriculture and allied activities for initiating efforts so that concerted efforts may be taken to bring the farmers at national platform. VC SKUAST-J advised KVK to develop units with a focus to popularize protected cultivation, processing, packaging and participatory seed production etc.
He suggested to concentrate on branding of products niche to district Kathua for facilitating farmers to market their products beyond Jammu and Kashmir.
He further suggested organizing mass awareness programmes on new government schemes in agriculture for making farmers Aatamnirbhar within a short span of time.
Prof. Sharma also suggested focusing on facilitation of farmers at very step of supply chain rather than only on demonstration of technologies. He also advised to document farmer's innovations for motivating rural youths in the district.
While welcoming, Dr. Vishal Mahajan Senior Scientist & Head presented the detailed Annual Progress Report of KVK Kathua for the year 2019-20 & 2020-21 (upto September, 2020), action taken on suggestions and directions received during the 11th SAC meeting. He highlighting the major success stories of KVKs in field of agriculture, Animal husbandry, mushroom production and piggery.
He presented the action plan of KVK for the year 2020-21.

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