In a welcome initiative, SKUAST-K has decided to revive the heritage rice variety Zag in Tangdhar in district Kupwara.
In this regard, a university team led by Dr G A Parray, Associate Director Research, MRCFC, Khudwani, officers of agriculture department recently launched a 2-day "Participatory Seed Production of High Yielding Varieties" and "Revival of Zag Rice of Kashmir Himalayas" in Tangdhar, a statement here said.
Raja Manzoor local MLA and large number of farmers of the area were present. An interface of the scientists-farmers was also held on the occasion.
"The traditional Zag variety (Lal Chawal) was losing its area in Tangdhar and was becoming extinct. On the directives of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Nazeer Ahmed an effort was initiated to revive the heritage rice variety ZAG rice in this area," the statement said.
"15q seed of high yielding varieties and pure seed of Zag were distributed among farmers for up-scaling the production. One compact block of 200 kanals of land in the Agriculture Zone Gabar of Tangdhar was brought under this participatory seed production programme," it said.
Dr Parray speaking during the interface highlighted the role played by the university scientists towards rice research and in addressing the problems faced by farming community of the valley.