Srinagar, Apr 3: The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) has decided to release 15 high breed varieties of vegetable, rice, maize and apple crops to farmers in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Varietal Elevation Committee of the university has finalised the list and will release 15 varieties of crops that includes one variety of rice, two varieties each in maize, potato and apple and eight high-breed vegetables , Director Research Dr A R Trag said at the 41st Research Council meeting, held at Main Campus, Shalimar.
He said research efforts of university are being pursued with the funding from the state and the Central Government departments.
Dr Trag said techonology development and upgradation programmes were also followed to improve crop performance in vegetable and horticulture.
He said for skill upgradation, training programmes, workshops, seminars, symposia, both within and outside the state have added to the quality of research activities.
He said more than 1000 kanals of land is under cultivation at different places in the Kashmir valley, which is expected to be harvested in the first week of June for timely transplanting of the paddy crops.
To address problems of Livestock Sector, he said, research is being actively persued at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry Shuhama.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Anwar Alam, expressing satisfaction over the conduct of research programme said, a lot is required to be done in the light of dwindling world food production and average per capita food availability.
He said it is also necessary to address food security problems in the region.
He emphasised that the research efforts need to be strengthened and programmes refined, to develop technologies that enable the farmers in the region to achieve higher production.
He impressed upon the scientific community in the University to use their creative talents to achieve the desired results.