December 28, 2021

Virender Kanwar asks scientists to develop integrated farming models

Agriculture officers' workshop

 Virender Kanwar asks scientists to develop integrated farming models

Vijyender Sharma
Palampur 28 December. The state level farm officers' workshop-cum-Farmer Scientist interface was held at CSK H.P. Agriculture University, here today.

The Chief Guest Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Agriculture, AH, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Govt of H.P, in his inaugural address, asked the farm scientists to develop integrated farming models  giving complete economics so that the farmers may adopt such models as per their needs. He said that since the eighty percent seed was purchased from outside so there is need to produce seed of major crops within the state with involvement of progressive farmers. He said that efforts were underway to conserve and preserve seed of traditional crops under 'Mukhyamantri Prampragat Beej Sarankshan Yojna' and advised the farm officers to  educate farmers about the proper use of  chemicals and fertilizers as pesticide  residue was highest in Himachal Pradesh. He said that farm chemicals should be only available at registered shops and the concerned person should be properly trained to stop excessive use of chemicals in the farmers' fields. He told that 25 years roadmap has been developed for natural farming. The Minister asked the scientists to suggest crops for mid hill areas of the state. He also sought solutions to the crop damage by wild animals and told that major problem of stray cattle will end by coming March as some cow sanctuaries will be functional soon. Shri Virender Kanwar also discussed issues like lantana and asked the university to submit a project for its complete eradication.

The Minister underlined the need to make Krishi Vigyan Kendras more vibrant to solve the problems of farmers as district level and asked the University to take its research work to the farms.

Prof Harinder Kumar Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor, detailed major research and extension achievements of the University which has enabled several farmers to get national level awards in the recent past. He said that Krishi Vigyan Kendras have initiated work to produce seed of wheat and Mash (urd). He said that massive work has been imitated to conserve traditional seeds and get these  registered. He told that 51 programmes have been envisaged to commemorate Golden Jubilee of H.P.Statehood and 51 Krishi Doots were also selected whose photographs have been displayed in 'Kisan Deergha.' He said special effort has been made to rejuvenate farm research in tribal areas and discussed issues like preparedness for adverse effects of climate change, vocal for local and high end research facilities in the University like phototron, Shiitake Mushroom Unit, etc.

 Dr.N.K.Dhiman, Director of Agriculture, said that research work should be done to reduce cost of production and natural farming was a good alternative for it. As the mere increase of one percent temperature can reduce crop yields from five to ten percent so work on cropping patterns with low water requirements and temperature stress tolerant varieties should be expedited. He also discussed problems of insect pests in the major crops, need to develop package of practices for zone-wise fertilizers requirements.etc of

Dr.Satish Paul. Director of Extension Education, elaborated about major extension activities of the University like professional trainings to the farmers sponsored by Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam with an amount of Rs.79 lakh, adoption of seven villages under Farmers' First programme, etc. Dr.S.P.Dixit, Director of Research, informed that 136 research projects with budget outlay of Rs. 7982 lakh were in operation and new farm technology about compounding of tall fescue grass with white clover has been recommended for farmers.

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated Krishi  Deergha-II in the  University Museum and honored nineteen Krishi Doots and five national awardees who received awards for red rice variety conservation and breed conservation. These include Bachitar Singh, Sunil Kumar and Mangal Singh from district Bilaspur;  Ameesh, Govind Singh, Avneet Kumar and Nandu Ram(district Kangra); Nishant Gazta (Solan);  Pradeep Negi and Sudarshan Devi( Kinnaur), Madhu Kumari and Anita Negi (Kullu), Vividh Sharma and Vishal Pathak(Una),  Taran Singh and Bhawani Dutt(Sirmour);Pramod Singh and Nimmo Devi(Hamirpur),Kundan Lal(Mandi), Maya Devi, Varsha Sharma, Depna Mehta, Leelavati and  Sanita Devi( Shimla).The Minister also released a CD on redrice, farm publications and news year calander.

A session on major recommendations and feedback was also organized where progressive farmers and deputy directors from all districts provided feedback. Dr.Suresh Gautam, Dr.Desh Raj Chaudhary and Dr.Daisy Basandrai, Associate Director Extension Education also expressed her views.

Shri Ashok Sharma, Vice-Chairman, Gau Seva Ayog, the University statutory officers, heads and scientists and around 150 farm officers and progressive farmers took part in the workshop.

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