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UDHAMPUR: A farmers’ awareness programme on ‘ginger cultivation’ was conducted by the scientists of SKUAST-Jammu under a SARTHI-DST project funded by Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi at village Ghordi, in Udhampur District.
Ginger and turmeric growing farmers from Ghordi and nearby villages of Udhampur District took part in the programme. The objective of the programme was encouraging farmers to cultivate ginger, a spice crop, on scientific scale and adopt it as a cash crop. Dr Susheel Sharma, the Principal Investigator of the project, explained that the quality of the spice produced in the hilly areas continues to be one of the best because of comparatively low temperature in winters and moderate temperature in summers.
Dr Manoj Kumar laid emphasis on key scientific agro-techniques for growing ginger as a cash crop and earning lucrative returns. Dr A.K. Singh apprised farmers about various plant protection techniques which are required to be adopted for growing a healthy ginger crop.
R.L Bhagat, Chief Agriculture Officer of Udhampur District was also present at the venue and explained the importance of ginger and advised farmers to take advantage of such programmes. Vikas Padha, AEO mobilised the program and encouraged farmers to add value to their products. Dr. M.P Gupta Project Director, ATMA was among the other officers present at the occasion. Gardening tools and plant protection fungicides were also distributed among the farmers under the SARTHI project.
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