Government to start digital agriculture mission soon: Atal Dulloo

Government to start digital agriculture mission soon: Atal Dulloo

SRINAGAR: Three days National Seminar on Agriculture concluded at SKUAST-Kashmir. The seminar was organized by Society for Community Mobilization for sustainable development in collaboration with SKUAST-Kashmir and Jammu. Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary was Chief Guest during the Valedictory function which was earlier inaugurated by Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha.
Atal Dulloo, while speaking on the valedictory function, stressed on necessity of refining strategies and devising programmes to bring smile to farmers. He highlighted the role of universities in devising land use plans, crop modeling, use of ICT tools & services, innovations, Artificial Intelligence, Marketing interventions and complete value changes for transforming farmers into entrepreneurs. He informed that Government of J&K will start digital agriculture mission soon to further boost programmes in agriculture and allied sectors for which sufficient financial support shall be met. On the occasion, he felicitated Scientists, students, Research-Scholars, Progressive farmers, Innovators in the field of agriculture.
Among others Prof M C Sharma, former Vice-Chancellor IVRI was felicitated with Life-time Achievement Award and Professor N A Ganai, Vice-Chancellor SKUAST-Kashmir conferred with the Academic Excellence Award. Organizing Secretaries Dr Sameera Qayoom with Imriti Devi Outstanding Women Scientist Award and Dr R R Barman were conferred Special Recognition Award during the event.
Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, in his concluding remarks, informed that Jammu & Kashmir is transforming into a major significant agricultural hub of the country based on revised policy decisions and reforms undertaken in recent past.
Prof J P Sharma and President Community Mobilization for sustainable development outlined challenges faced by agriculture sector and possible policy decisions to mitigate them for farmers welfare. He laid stress on processing, packaging, labeling, certification, agri-business management and improving the skills of farmers and marketing of agri-products.
Dr Sachin Gupta, Chancellor Sanskriti University in his remarks thanked organizers of both the Universities for conducting the event which shall help the Scientist/Scholars/Farmers to share common platform and devise solutions to the growing issues in agricultural sector. An MoU between both farm universities was signed in presence of Additional Chief Secretary, Atal Dulloo to boost collaboration in entrepreneurship and R&D sectors.
Dr Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani, Director Research/Convener summarized the key recommendations of the Conference. More than 500 papers, 284 presentations, 100 poster presentations, 15 lead papers,16 publications, 04 keynote papers were presented under different themes by Delegates/Scientists/Research-Scholars to deliberate on issues concerning agriculture and the way forward. During the Conference, it came to fore that scientists/policy makers have to move beyond agriculture 4.0 have to create new age agricultural revolution based on science and green technology which can provide growth and sustainability to agriculture and allied sectors. Books/manuals on organic vegetable/vegetable seed production/strawberry/kiwi/grape cultivation were released.