Dir CAD Jammu attends World Soil Day-2023 prog at KVK Samba

Samba: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Samba of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST) Jammu celebrated “World Soil Day 2023” on Tuesday.

The programme was organized under the leadership of Professor. B.N. Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu, instructions of Professor S. K. Gupta Director Extension, SKUAST-J and the supervision of Dr. Sanjay Khajuria, Chief scientist & Head, KVK Samba.

More than 200 farmers have actively participated in the programme.

The theme for World Soil Day 2023 is “Soil and Water: A Source of Life”. N.S Jamwal (JKAS), Director Command Area Development Jammu was the Chief Guest,  Balwan Singh Vice Chairman DDC Samba was the Guest of Honour, whereas Dr. Sanjay Khajuria presided over the function.

Dr. Sanjay Khajuria, Chief Scientist & Head, KVK Samba in his welcome address emphasized upon the importance of soil in agricultural productivity and expressed concern over the rising soil erosion in the district. He stressed upon farmers about the use of agroforestry techniques to promote soil health.

The Chief Guest of the programme, N.S Jamwal Director CAD in his address lauded the efforts of KVK Samba for reaching out each and every nook and corner of the district.

He also stressed to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil salinization, increasing soil awareness to improve soil health. He also told the farmers that such awareness programmes shall be the regular feature for the farming community at village level to make them aware of the balanced use of fertilizers to increase productivity and maintain soil health.

Balwan Singh, Vice Chairman DDC Samba also appreciated the team of KVK Samba for their tireless efforts for enhancement of farmers income under the leadership of Prof. Sanjay Khajuria and also highlighted the importance of World Soil Day, 2023.

During the programme, KVK Samba also demonstrated Agriculture drone for the benefit of the farming community.

During the interaction, Prof. Khajuria briefed the farmers about the use of drone in agriculture  to farmers as it has many distinct advantages such as high field capacity and efficiency, less turnaround time and other field operational delays, wastage reduction of pesticide and fertilizers due to high degree of atomization, water saving due to ultra-low volume spraying technology in comparison to traditional spraying methods, reduction in cost of spraying and fertilizer application  in comparison to conventional methods etc. besides reduction of human exposure to hazardous chemicals.

On this occasion, demonstration on Natural Farming was also conducted at KVK Hq Samba.

Dr. Neerja Sharma, Sr. Scientist, Horticulture KVK Samba elaborated upon the adoption of various Horticulture practices for improving the soil fertility.

Dr. Saurav Gupta, Scientist, Entomology, KVK Samba sensitized the participants about the ill effects of injudicious use of pesticides and deteriorating health of soil.

Dr. Vijay Kumar Sharma Scientist (Animal Sciences) discussed the role of organic waste produced from cattle and poultry sector and its positive and beneficial impact on maintaining the fertility of the soil. Further he emphasized on the utilization of the organic manure for crop production.

Dr. Shalini emphasized the importance of soil in agricultural productivity. She stressed upon that farmers should use organic farming techniques to promote soil health. She also briefed the farmers about the soil sampling techniques. Dr. Amit Mahajan Farm Manager made the farmers aware about the various agronomical practices for improving the soil health.

The programme was made successful with active participation of Sh. Bharat Bhushan, Stenographer (S.Scale) and Sh. Tejinder Singh. The proceedings of the programme was carried out by Dr. Saurav Gupta and Dr. Shalini K. whereas, the end vote of thanks was extended by Dr. Neerja Sharma.

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