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.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.