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Srinagar: A group of 27 educated and young farmers of Narkara village of District Budgam were flagged-off to attend 6-days training programme on Technology Development and Transfer for Promotion of Horticulture Crops at Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) by Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi. The programme is sponsored by National Horticulture Board and is being implemented by the Department of Agriculture Kashmir.
Andrabi said such programmes are organised to attract the fresh and innovative minds for getting latest information regarding entrepreneurship development in agriculture sector. He said such training courses are planned in such a manner that the farmers are acquainted with the real-time trends in the fast-changing global agricultural scenario, an official handout read.
“The programme is to train the participating farmers regarding nursery management in fruit crops, commercial nursery production in vegetable crops, commercial seed production in vegetable and flowers, production and marketing of ICAR-IIHR bio-pesticides, handling and training on mushroom cultivation, processing, value addition and marketing of horticulture crops and also farm mechanisation in horticulture crops,” he said.
During the training programme, the participating farmers would be visiting demonstration plots and National Horticulture Fair 2019 for promotion of entrepreneurship development in vegetable crops, it read.
Regarding the programme, Chief Agriculture Officer, Budgam apprised that such programmes would continue in future and stressed upon the farmers to take up cultivation of vegetables strictly on scientific lines by learning latest techniques of cultivation together with entrepreneurship skills in the said programme for increasing their socio-economic status, it added.
Senior officers of the department were also present on the occasion.

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