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Kargil: A 30-day skill development training course on “vermicompost producer” was conducted for rural unemployed youth at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kargil.

The programme, aimed at training 20 participants, was successfully concluded on 26th November 2018.  The programme was conducted by Dr Eajaz Ahmad Dar (Subject Matter Specialist Agronomy, KVK Kargil).

The programme began with the inauguration ceremony chaired by Programme Coordinator KVK-Kargil, Prof. (Dr) Mohd Mehdi, who introduced the candidates to the scope and importance of the training programme and motivated them to make the best use of training inputs and develop skill for development of vermicompost as an enterprise, a statement received by Ziraat Times said.

2 (1)During this training programme, the participants were apprised about the importance of vermicompost in organic farming, its production technology, management, packaging and marketing and its development as an enterprise for income generation of un-employed rural youth.

The training programme consisted of both theoretical and practical parts. In the theoretical part, the candidates were taught about the need for organic agriculture in Ladakh, the suitable species of earthworms for vermicomposting, biology and life cycle of earthworms, environmental factors influencing earth worms, different methods of vermicompost production, its harvesting and management. The practical part included field demonstrations regarding the preparation of vermicompost pit, layer wise filling of pit with different materials and introduction of worms to the pit. Further, different methods of harvesting were demonstrated.

The programme concluded with the assessment of candidates consisting of theory paper, practical and viva-voce by Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad (Junior Scientist, MAR&ES Kargil) who was appointed as an External Assessor by Agricultural Skill Council of India.

The programme was sponsored by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India in collaboration with ICAR-ATARI.

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