Governor NN Vohra inaugurated the 25th meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Regional Committee No. 1, at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- here on Monday.
Welcoming the participants to the silver jubilee meeting of the ICAR Regional Committee No. 1, the Governor appreciated the work being presently done by the farm universities and the state agriculture department for enhancing the on-farm incomes of small farm households in the state. He observed that new models of agricultural production developed by the scientists, as for example the integrated farming system, should be systematically propagated to enable small farmers to multiply their incomes.
The Governor stressed the vital responsibility of the KVKs and the state farm universities to implement meaningful outreach programmes in very close collaboration with state agricultural department and its extension agencies. Such endeavours will enable the farmers to become aware of new technologies and techniques for increasing efficiency and productivity of agricultural operations.
He observed that the outcome of all research done in the State Farm Universities and Central Research Institutes would be futile if the farmers are not enabled to make full use of new seeds, new plant materials and the latest techniques of farming.
Highlighting the crucial importance of the ICAR Regional Committee No.1’s endeavour to review the research and education programmes in the three states of J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand, the Governor observed that ICAR’s technical support is immensely beneficial for carrying on research and extension activities in the States. He suggested opening of more Krishi Vigyan Kendras in J&K and other hill states, with relaxed norms of land requirement, in order to strengthen the extension activities in the state.
The Governor advised that we need to be focused regarding our targets and the challenges to prepare for achieving the goals of the II Green Revolution. He noted that the state’s import bill for meat, poultry and eggs is approximately Rs 2,000 crores per annum and both the state farm universities and the state agriculture department need to prepare a well considered roadmap for making J&K a net exporter of fish, poultry, dairy and other Farm products.
He noted that it would enormously boost the economy of J&K if the state agriculture department, in close concert with State Farm Universities, launches well planned initiatives to upgrade and modernize the entire live stock sector in the State. He lauded the efforts of the Farm Universities and State Agriculture Department in achieving satisfactory Seed Replacement Rates for various cereal and vegetable crops.