VC SKUAST-J visits villages of Kandi area of Akhnoor


JAMMU, Jan 10: Prof. J.P. Sharma, Vice-Chanc-ellor SKUAST-Jammu visited Gargal and Godhan villages of Akhnoor tehsil of Jammu district and interacted beneficiaries of DST-SEED, New Delhi funded Project "Demonstration of technologies for improving productivity of rainfed area in Jammu district" on 09-01-2021.During the field visit and interaction Prof J.P. Sharma said that there is a need to shift from traditional cultivation of wheat and maize to more profitable crop production like vegetable and horticultural crops to enhance income and nutritional requirement among farming community. He also emphasized to promote horticulture and medicinal plants cultivation in Kandi area to boost the economy of the villages of Kandi area.
Earlier Dr. R.K.Srivastava, Principal Investigator of the project briefed about activities done under the project. Basic objectives of the project were to demonstrate various soil and water conservation technologies at farmer's field and thereby improving livelihood in rainfed areas through crop diversifications. Under this project various poly tanks (100 m3), percolation tanks (100 m3), recharging pits (48 m3), Roof water harvesting system (2000 lit), gabion structures, contour bunding, continuous contour trenching, bench terracing, check dam were constructed at project site for soil and water conservation.
Portable sprinkler systems and gravity feed drip irrigation systems were also installed at project site for improving water use efficiency. Dr. Sushil Sharma, Prof & Head, Agricultural Engineering, and Co-PI highlighted the need of adaptation of these technologies to other farmers of the area.
During the interaction beneficiaries shared their experiences and informed about to begin vegetable cultivation in their field and kitchen garden due to availability of water through technological interventions of the project. Dr. J.P. Singh, Asso Prof and Dr. Sushmita M. Dadhich, Asstt Prof, Co-PI(s) of the project were also present during the field visit. Er. Ashish Kumar Yadav, Project Coordinator coordinated the field visit.

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