Srinagar, Sep 27 (UNI) The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology (SKUAST), has launched a drive to train unemployed youth in mushroom production, fruit preservation and skill upgradation in the state.
The drive was launched in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to educate the youth about the benefits of these business, Prof G M Wani, Director Extension Education and State Agricultural Management Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) of SKUAST said.
Dr Wani said that about 1000 educated youth from Pombay, Shopian Uri, Baramulla and Bandipora areas were trained by officials of the university Many students have started earning due to skill upgraded training, he said.
The Front Line Demonstrations (FLD) of maize, vegetables and other varieties released by SKUAST-K were distributed among thousands of beneficiaries, he added.
The maize productivity under rain fed and irrigated field has touched an average of 3.7 tonnes hector which is double than the hitherto reported average of these trials.
According to Dr Wani, under FLDs, the yield has increased to 4000 farmer fields.
He said veterinary camps, farmers, schools and various other new ventures have been launched through KVK, Sameti and Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-K.