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REASI: Vice Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J), Prof. J.P. Sharma visited Sirah village of Reasi district and interacted with farm women of the area. An interaction programme was organised by KVK, Reasi in the village by following all the SOPs under COVID-19 pandemic.During his address to the women farmers, Prof. Sharma laid emphasis upon the value addition and efficient marketing management in the agricultural sector. He spoke on grading, packaging and branding of agricultural products. He further advised that that value addition of fruits, vegetables, medicinal and aromatic plants, adoption of protected cultivation, organic agriculture and diversification in agriculture can enhance the income and employment among the farmers. He also spoke on women empowerment and stressed for establishment of processing-cum- value addition units at rural level. He narrated that strenuous efforts are needed for the Atmanirbhar Bharat so that the rural people can be empowered.Poona Sehrawat, an expert spoke on the value addition in marigold flowers. She said that the fresh flowers are used in the religious spots and after their use they are thrown away as a waste.Dr. Banarsi Lal, Incharge, Sr. Scientist and Head, KVK Reasi spoke on strengthening of Self Help Groups (SHGs) for women empowerment. Prof. Sharma also visited KVK, Reasi exhibition stall and appreciated the KVK efforts for the dissemination of innovative technologies to the farmers.Earlier, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sharma met with the Deputy Commissioner of Reasi district, Indu Kanwal Chib at her office in Reasi. DC apprised Prof. Sharma about the ongoing efforts of the administration for the welfare of farming community. Prof. Sharma discussed various issues of value addition, packaging, branding, marketing management, participatory seed production, protected cultivation, Integrated Farming System Model (IFS) etc. with the DC. He appreciated the district administration and KVK, Reasi efforts for working together for the welfare of the farming community. During the visit Dr. Lalit Upadhaya, Dr. Suja Nabi Qureshi, Jagdish Kumar, Manohar Lal, Mohd.Iqbal and an awardee farmer, Tilak Raj were also present. The programme was concluded by Dr. Banarsi Lal with formal vote of thanks.
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