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Jammu, July 3: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) -Jammu organized the crucial Zonal Research and Extension Advisory Committee (ZREAC) meeting for Kharif season with respect to Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Floriculture and Command Area Development under the Chairmanship of Dr. K.S. Risam, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu.

More than 160 agricultural experts, including officers of line department and scientists from SKUAST-Jammu, participated in the meeting.

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In his remarks, Dr. Risam highlighted the importance of feedback from the officers of the Line Departments for carrying out need based research by the scientists of the University to achieve the aim of doubling the farmers’ income. He stressed upon the convergence and collaboration between line departments and University for solving the problems of farmers in different aspects of farming. He further expressed his satisfaction about the deliberations during the course of this meeting and framed several committees and groups, comprising of department officers and University scientists for management of different issues in agriculture at divisional level. He directed University scientists to consider researchable issues being presented by agriculture and line departments for generating specific technologies and recommendations. Dr. J.P. Sharma, Director Research presented the overview of the research activities of SKUAST-Jammu and described the traits of different varieties developed and notified by the University.

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Shri. P.S. Rathore (KAS), Director Agriculture Department, Jammu raised different issues faced by officers of agriculture department in different districts of Jammu region, including aroma of Basmati – 370, short duration maize varieties, production of pulses and other cash crops. He expressed his satisfaction over the support extended by the University in respect of solving the problems of farmers. He further stressed upon the implementation of collaborative efforts with regular monitoring for increasing their effectiveness.  Sh. Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Director, Sericulture department requested for provision of Package of Practices for management of sericulture in Jammu region. S. Tarvinder Singh, Joint Director Horticulture raised the issue of standardization of strawberry cultivars, olive cultivation, sub-tropical apple, evaluation of Carrizo rootstock and availability of superior cultivars of Mango and Walnut in Jammu region. Sh. Vikrant Sharma, Floriculture Officer raised the issues of drought tolerant marigold varieties for kandi belt and seed production of Marigold/Bulbous crops at Machail Padder areas of District Kishtwar. 

Earlier, Dr. R.K. Arora, Associate Director Extension presented the welcome address to the Chairman, distinguished guests and other participants in the meeting and highlighted the rationale behind organization of ZREAC meeting.  

During the technical session, actions taken by the University on the issues raised by the line departments during the ZREAC Kharif 2018 were discussed. During the deliberations, the Heads of divisions from University, officers of the line departments including Chief Agriculture Officers, Project Officers, Command Area Development, and Subject Matter Specialists gave valuable feedback for planning future research issues. Dr. A.K. Sharma, Associate Director Extension (KVKs) and presented the vote of thanks. 

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