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Leh, July 18: ‘Our heart should beat for the farmers’ said Prof. Mushtaq Ahmed, Director Extension SKUAST-K while addressing the scientific community in the 16th and 6th Scientific Advisory Committee meeting to review the performance of Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Leh and Nyoma of Leh district held at Stakna Leh.

While appreciating the efforts of the Krishi Vigyan Kendras of Leh and Nyoma for their efforts to disseminate the relevant technologies to the farmers’ fields and in augmenting their income through various scientific interventions, he also called for working in a mission mode by taking all the stakeholders on board He also stressed on development of suitable market linkages along with increasing yields. Prof. Mushtaq also advised them to make use of local language in print media to disseminate the relevant technologies.

At the onset of the programme Dr, D. Namgayal Head KVK Leh welcomed the chief guest and other dignitaries. Dr. D. Namgyal and Dr. Maheshwar Singh Kanwar, Head KVK Nyoma presented their Action Taken Reports, Annual Progress Reports (2018-19) and Action Plans (2019-20). Dr. Namgyal in his detailed presentation elaborated how KVK Leh has been successful in increasing the yield of different vegetables through suitable low cost technologies, mushroom production, revival of Buck Wheat as the second crop, animal health and insect pest and diseases management.

Dr. Maheshwar Singh Kanwar also highlighted the work done by KVK Nyoma especially in vegetable production and animal health management. Sh. Phunchok Stanzin Executive Councillor Leh Autonomous Hill Development Council (Agri./Horti.) lauded the efforts of the KVK’s in strengthening agriculture sector in this region and working in harsh climatic conditions.

Dr. Amal Saxena Associate Director Extension, SKUAST-K also spoke on the occasion. He asked for proper documentation of the work done by the scientists. Sh. Tsering Wangdus ex Executive Councillor was also present on the occasion. The meeting was also attended by the officers from line departments, scientist from High Mountain Arid Agriculture Research Institute (HMAARI) SKUAST-K, farmers from adjoining villages of Chemray, Kharu, Digar and from Changthang area. Many farmers also spoke and shared their experiences on this occasion.

On this occasion publications brought out by KVK Leh and KVK Nyoma were also released. Certificates of one month duration under skill development training on ‘Dairy Farmer Entrepreneur’ and ‘Nursery worker’ were also distributed among the participants. About 75 soil health cards of farmers from Kharu and Digar villages were also distributed to them.