New farmer-oriented technology in JK to boost entrepreneurship: CITH


Srinagar, Nov 1: The Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (CITH) has made available new farmer-oriented technologies for increasing crop productivity and boosting entrepreneurship in J&K , an official said today.
 The main aim of the institute is to harness the vast potential of temperate horticultural crops in the state, Director of CITH Nazeer Ahmed said during a press meet at Rangreth in central Kashmir's Budgam district, 15 kms from here.
 He said the institute also has facilities for demonstration and transfer of technologies through eight network centres across the country. The director said the institute is conducting farmer's field visits every year to showcase various varieties and technologies to them so that they can benefit and increase their yield.
 He said though the technologies like drip irrigation, sprinkle irrigation, pruning and special treatment are little costly, the yield is huge and increases year after year. People would benefit a lot from these technologies and varieties and it also provides entrepreneurship opportunities to many, he said.
 Giving examples of vegetables like Lettuce, he said the crop can be grown thrice a year and has a great potential for entrepreneurship.
 Among various crops grown and studied in the farms, Olive crop is the prized one, he said. Giving details, he informed that 26 varieties of Olive crop are grown in the farms out of which six have been recommended for cultivation so far. The oil yield per hectare is two tonne and the crop starts yielding after two years only, he added. CITH, established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), has made available various facilities to the farmers like identification and development of high yielding varieties and hybrids, efficient cropping systems and appropriate production and protection technologies, post-harvest management, production of quality seeds and planting material.
 Talking about Saffron, Nazeer said CITH is conducting trails for growing the crop in the areas other than Pampore in the state and has achieved good results in Srinagar, Budgam, Udhampur, Kishtwar, etc. He said the institute harvested a yield of 6.3 kgs per hectare last year and expects the yield to increase to 8 kgs per hectare this year.
 The institute has replicated many training systems prevalent in the world and evaluated them here under the Intensive Production Technology for Higher Productivity Plan, he said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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