STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: In a bid to augment farmers’ income in rainfed areas, the All India Coordinated Research Project on Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), Rakh Dhiansar, under the aegis of SKUAST-Jammu organised an orientation programme on Rainfed Integrated Farming Systems (RIFS) at village Tarore. The programme was organised in the backdrop of thrust made by the Government of India to enhance farmers’ income by strengthening existing traditional farming systems and introduction of relevant location specific enterprises. At the outset, Dr A P Singh, Principal Investigator, AICRPDA welcomed the farmers and briefed them about RIFS programme. He impressed upon the farmers to go for integration of different farm enterprises along with their traditional farming. Dr Jai Kumar, Scientist (Agronomy) exhorted farmers to adopt crop diversification and integrate different farm enterprises as output of one enterprise will act as input for other enterprise, thereby making farming a self-reliant venture. Dr A P Rai and Dr Brinder Singh (Scientists Soil Science) gave detailed account of various ways and means to enhance crop productivity by improving soil fertility. Dr Vikas Gupta, Scientist (Agronomy) appealed to farmers for adopting climate smart agro-technologies to improve their income. Lakshman Dass, Member PRI, on behalf of the participating farmers thanked the AICRPDA scientists for their relentless services and requested for organising such activities in future also. The formal vote of thanks was presented by Sunny Raina.
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