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REASI: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Reasi under the administrative control of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu began five days long vocational training programme on “Value addition in seasonal fruits” on Thursday at village Malad of Reasi district of J&K under Attracting and Retaining Youths in Agriculture (ARYA) project.The programme was attended by the number of young women farmers of the village. The programme was organised under the guidance of Director Extension of SKUAST-Jammu Dr.SK Gupta. Dr. Banarsi Lal, Scientist &Head of KVK, Reasi started the programme with the warm welcome of the participants. He briefed the objectives of the ARYA project and stressed on the importance of youths in agriculture. He narrated that ARYA project is an opportunity for the youths to showcase their creativity through agri-entrepreneurship. He elaborated the significance of processing of seasonal fruits to enhance the income and employment of rural women of hilly areas. He encouraged the women farmers for the value addition of seasonal fruits by which they can fetch more prices. He suggested that by Self Help Groups (SHGs) formation women can jointly work for the entrepreneurship in the processed products of fruits and vegetables.Dr.Suja Nabi Qureshi, Scientist narrated that fruits are rich source of proteins, minerals and vitamins and by their value addition techniques farmers can generate more income and employment. An awardee farm women, Bimla Devi also shared her experiences on value addition of fruits with the other farm women. Manohar Lal assisted the programme. In this programme, women farmers asked certain quarries which KVK scientists answered in a satisfactorily way.
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