JAMMU: One day Training Programme was organized for farmers of Udhampur district at Directorate of Agriculture, Krishi Bhawan Talab Tillo, Jammu under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) today.
Director Agriculture, Jammu, Dr S. S. Jamwal during his address called upon the farmers to avail the benefits of different centrally/state sponsored schemes and to adopt the latest technology to diversify their farming.
Director Agriculture while interacting with the trainees said that the district has a great scope and feasibility for conservation of soil moisture through construction of Check-Dams and stressed that farmers should judiciously harness the available water resources for irrigation through installation of bore wells, pump sets and micro-irrigation devices. He exhorted upon the participants to adopt bench-terracing to conserve soil moisture, reduce soil erosion and improve farm efficiency. He also asked the farmers to use various kinds of agriculture machines like Seed Drills, Reaper-cum-Binders etc. to reduce the labour cost for profitability.
Earlier, A.K. Malhotra, Joint Director of Agriculture (Extension) Jammu in his welcome address said that there is great potential for production of many specialties like Rajmash, Basmati, Desi Mash, Mustard oil, Turmeric, Garlic and many other seasonal vegetable crops in Jammu region.
About 60 farmers including Women farmers from Udhampur district participated in the training programme. The farmers were also shown documentaries on Mushroom Cultivation and Use of Improved Machinery in Agriculture.
A similar training programme under ATMA scheme was organized on 9th of July in which 55 farmers from Kathua and Samba districts were trained. Joint Director (Inputs), Jammu, Sudesh Koul and other senior officers of the department also attended the programme.
Dr S K Singh, Associate Professor, SKUAST (J), Dr Pooja Nayyar, Deputy Director (SAMETI), Dr A P Singh, SMS, KVK, Kathua and Bulesh Zutshi, Plant Protection Officer, Jammu participated as resource persons who presented expert lectures on Kharif Crop Production in the technical session.