Srinagar, Dec 28 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Agriculture and Cooperative Abdul Aziz Zargar has stressed for adopting modern technology to achieve self-sufficiency in the agriculture sector.
The farmers should take advantage of research out come of scientists of Sher Kashmir University of Agriculture Science Technology (SKUAST) to increase the production in agriculture sector.
Meanwhile, the SKUAST is going to provide 2 lakh fruit saplings on 50 per cent subsidy to fruit growers in March and April next year.
Speaking to farmers at the Kissan Mela conducted at Malangpora, Pulwama and organised by Krishi Vighian Kendra in collaboration with Directorate of Extension Education, SKUAST, Mr Zargar impressed upon the farmers to adopt improved seeds to increase crop production.
He suggested them to plant 'Shireen' and 'Firdous' apple varieties in their orchards, which have been developed by agricultural scientists for better yields.
Director of Extension Education SKUAST said the university has recommended Kosahar, Barkat and 332 paddy seed varieties for hilly areas of the valley, while Jehlum and SRI paddy seed are suited for plain areas.