JAMMU, Nov 21: Two-day national seminar on ‘Smart Technologies to Boost Farm Profitability & Socio Economic Status of Rural India’, organized by the Royal Association for Science-led Socio-Cultural Advancement (RASSA)- New Delhi, in collaboration with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) concluded with a valedictory function.

Lead papers, oral and poster technical sessions were organized during the seminar on themes including transformation of farm extension towards sustainable development; advances in crop production technologies & natural resource management: crop improvement & protection technology; agripreneurship; environment & sustainability and extension system & policy issues, etc.

On the occasion, Prof S S Sarangdevot, Vice Chancellor, Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, was the chief guest and Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Director-IIIM Jammu was the guest of honour. Prof Rajesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Purnea University, Bihar and Anil Kumar Singh, Executive Member of Lucknow University, were the special guests during the function.

Scientists, teachers, extension officers, scholars and students from different parts of the country participated in the national seminar with their innovative ideas to meet the objectives of the society.

Dr Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu; Prof. Rajesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, Purnea University, Bihar and Dr N P Singh, Director ICAR-NIASM, Baramati, Maharashtra, were among the participants who delivered lead lectures to discuss different smart technology tools to boost farmer’s income and socio-economic upliftment.

The researchable, developmental and policy recommendations emerged during the seminar were presented by Dr J P Sharma, Director Research, SKUAST-J and Convener of the national seminar.

During the seminar, the president of RASSA society, Dr Awadesh K Singh stressed for an integrated approach for overall development of poor farmer community and showed his keen interest for identification and adoption of at least one under-developed and poor village in Jammu region for its socio-economic development, in collaboration with SKUAST-Jammu.

Scientists, scholars, students and farmers were conferred with awards under different categories during the valedictory function. Scientists of SKUAST-J namely Dr Mahital Jamwal, Dr J S Manhas, Dr Anil Bhat and Dr Banarsi Lal were facilitated under different award categories. Dr Poonam Parihar, organizing secretary of the national seminar presented the vote of thanks.

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