STATE TIMES NEWS RAJOURI: Agro-meteorological Field Unit (AMFU), RARS, Rajouri of SKUAST – J organised a farmer awareness programme on ‘Crop and location specific weather based agro-advisories’ at village, Kewal of Block Budhal, Rajouri under Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) services rendered by India Metrological Department (IMD). The main objective of the programme was to help our farmers to manage weather related uncertainties in day to day agricultural activities. A total number of 55 farmers (51 males and 4 female) participated. The proceeding of the training programme was started by Dr. Rohit Sharma (Technical Officer, Agro-meteorology). He gave detailed information on role of medium range weather forecast in agricultural crops under hilly conditions of J & K. He highlighted the use of weather and climate based agro-advisories in day to day agriculture activities and stressed upon the farmers to make more and more utilization of GKMS services rendered by IMD, New Delhi and role of SMS services in the area and motivated the farmers to take maximum benefit from this programme as well as the services provided by AMFU, RARS, Rajouri. Dr. Deepak Kumar, Incharge, RARS, Rajouri highlighted the importance of organizing this programme to sensitize the farmers of hilly region about weather and climate information and its applications in their farm operations and emphasized on the role of weather factors on disease development and their management in vegetable and horticultural crops. Dr. Vikas Sharma, (Scientist, Agronomy) focused on agronomic practices taken in various rabi crops in the area. He emphasized upon the farming community to adopt improved/modern technologies like agro advisory services and mechanized/customized farming systems, etc. to improve the livelihood of the people of the area. Dr. Sunil Mishra (Scientist, Agronomy) also interacted with the farmers and answered various queries of farmers in relation to agriculture sector. On this occasion Sh. Farooq Inqlabi Sarpanch and progressive farmers from Budhal also presented. Sh. Lokesh Sharma presented the vote of thanks to the farmers.
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