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SKAUST-K organizes workshop on Modern Technologies of Vegetable Production

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Srinagar, JAN 1: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir (SKAUST) today organized one-day training programme for rural women on ‘Modern Technologies of Vegetable Production’ under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).
The workshop was organised to empower rural women by educating them about the modern technologies being employed in vegetable production to help them strengthen production and boost returns.
During the function, Vice Chancellor, SKAUST, Prof Nazir Ahmad, who was also chief guest on the occasion, said the aim of the workshop is to enhance economic empowerment of rural women through training on modern technologies of vegetable production. He stressed that women farmers should take opportunities to become the entrepreneurs in organic farming, adding that by doing so they can raise their socio-economic status.
The VC also elaborated on “Vermicomposting” technology, liquid manure, bio fertilizers, crop rotation, green manure.
Congratulating the women farmers for constituting Self Help Groups (SHGs), Prof Nazir Ahmad also congratulated the scientists, researchers and officials for conducting the training workshops. He maintained that these training sessions not only help farmers but also help the policy makers to formulate better agricultural policies.
Associate Professor of Vegetable Division, SKAUST-K Dr Baseerat Afrooz informed the Vice-Chancellor and the gathering that under RKVY three districts in Kashmir division have been identified to train women farmers for adopting modern technology in vegetable cultivation. For this, 40 rural women beneficiaries will be identified by the concerned KVKs i.e, KVK, Ganderbal, KVK, Malangpora and KVK, Srinagar, he added.
It was further informed that today’s workshop was the third such training conducted through KVK, Srinagar at SKUAST, (K) and with this the first round of trainings has now been successfully completed under the project, in collaboration with respective KVKs.
In these trainings, the focus has been laid on methods of increasing vegetable production, scientific methods of seed production of Cole and root vegetables, vermin composting technology and reducing post-harvest losses in vegetables through processing, he added.
As part of the workshop, some of the technologies were also demonstrated to the women farmers.
On the occasion, a Crop Calendar was also released by the Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir to aware the beneficiaries about cultivation of both Kharif and rabi vegetables. Besides, three folders titled “Kashmir mein jad dar sabziyoo ke mayaari beej tayyar karne ke tareeqay”, “Kashmir mein bandhgobhi, kaddam aur saag ke mayyari beej banaane ke tareeqay” and “Vermicomposting – Naamiyati ziraat ka aham juz” in urdu language were also released on the occasion.
A farm kit prepared under this project was also distributed amongst the participants as an incentive for the women farmers.
The second round of trainings, to further enhance their awareness about vegetable production, shall be undertaken shortly.


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Neither single shot has been fired nor has anyone died in Kashmir: Amit Shah




Allaying concerns over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that neither a single shot has been fired nor has anyone died there till now and asserted that there is peace in the valley.

“From August 5 till now, we did not have to fire a single shot and not even a single person has died. There is peace in Kashmir,” said he said at an event here. .

Last month, Parliament had passed the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganization) Act, 2019, bifurcating the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with legislature and Ladakh without it.


The BJP chief said that many people had called the surgical strikes in 2016, a “fluke”,but they now “certify” the country’s defence policies after it revoked the provisions of Article 370.

“Even though surgical and airstrikes give immense joy to the people, taking such decisions needs immense courage. The airstrikes changed the way the world looks at us now,’ Shah added.

Shah also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress government and said that during their tenure, there used to be news of corruption every day, borders were insecure, soldiers were beheaded, women felt unsafe and people protested on the roads every day.

“A government was running where every minister considered himself as Prime Minister but did not look at the actual Prime Minister as one,” he scoffed.

Shah said that unlike the erstwhile government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government never took any decision for “vote bank” but rather for the benefit of the people.

“Some governments work for 30 years and take one big decision, but our government worked for five years and took over 50 major decisions, including GST, demonetisation, airstrikes, etc. No one else dared take it during their tenure,” said the Union Minister.

Shah said that India is growing economically, adding that the agriculture sector and the per capita income are also increasing. “We are progressing towards becoming a $5 trillion economy and I am confident that it will happen before 2024,” he added.(ANI)

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Governor Satya Pal Malik calls on PM

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New Delhi, September 16: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

Normal life remained affected in the Kashmir Valley for the 43rd consecutive day on Monday.

“Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi,” the prime minister’s office tweeted.


Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, sources said.

The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

While security forces have eased restrictions in many parts of the Valley, normal life continues to be affected as business establishments remained shut and only a few vehicles plied on the roads.

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Advisor Sharma for fast pacing clearances required for PDD schemes

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SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 11: Advisor to Governor KK Sharma today directed for early clearances including Right of Works (RoW) so that the pace of implementation of various schemes meant for augmentation of electric infra in the state are paced up.

The Advisor was speaking at a meeting convened to discuss the issues/bottlenecks related to non completion of some part works of various flagship schemes in the PDD sector.

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Financial Commissioner Finance Arun Kumar Mehta, Commissioner Secretary PDD, PCCF Forest, Chief Engineer PDD and other senior officers were present.


Divisional Commissioner Mr Baseer Khan, DCs of Ganderbal, Bandipora and other senior officers of District Baramulla and Budgam also participated through video conferencing.

The Advisor directed the Divisional Commissioner to ensure that the bottlenecks in the execution of these works should be removed as early as possible so that the balance work on these can be completed and the schemes are closed. He said that a mechanism should also be worked out to ensure that the issues related to RoWs and land acquisitions are addressed.

The Advisor said that the completion of left over works of some schemes is essential for realizing the commitment of providing adequate and round the clock supply of uninterrupted power. He said that the officers of the PDD should also remain in close coordination with those of district and divisional administration so that the issues are sorted out in regular review meetings. 

The meeting discussed the bottlenecks to be cleared for execution of balance works of Zainakot-Alesteng Transmission Line and Grid Station Alesteng and that of Badampora-Bandipora Transmission Line and Grid Station Bandipora so that they can be completed within the targeted dates in the month of October. Necessary directions were passed to the concerned Deputy Commissioners and PCCF to ensure that the bottlenecks related to payment for compensation and land issues are settled at an earliest.

Earlier, Chairman State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) Lokesh Jha called on the Advisor and discussed several issues related to the functioning of the Commission.

The Advisor also discussed various power related issues with the Chairman SERC.

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