Srinagar, Nov 9: The first of the two day 38th Research Council Meeting (Rabi-2006) of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was held on Wednesday at Shalimar Campus of the university under the chairmanship of Prof Anwar Alam vice-chancellor to review the research work conducted during previous and approve new research programmes for Rabi-2006.
A statement said besides the scientists and officers of the university, the heads of the various developmental departments also attended the meeting and detailed discussion were held on the results and change technologies generated out of the concluded projects for increasing the food grain production, success of rice-wheat cropping system by using varieties Shalimar wheat-1 and Shalimar Rice-1 developed by university along with mechanization with drum seeder for rice in Kharief and zero till drill for Wheat in Rabi was highlighted which would be disseminated to filed for the benefit of farmers."
Prof Anwar Alam, vice-chancellor in his address exhorted upon the scientists to focus their attention on need based multidisciplinary research programmes to improve the production and productivity of various agricultural crops, livestock and poultry.
Prof Alam further said that post harvest and value addition and on-farm processing need to be attended to generate more income and employment in the state. He advised that R&D should be taken to enhance food/feed and meat production.
Morbidity and mortality in livestock during winter needs to be curbed addressing to the feed and management, he said adding that shortage of growing season can be tackled by adopting low cost polyhouses for nursery vegetative propagation as well as vegetable production during winter.
While appreciating the efforts of the scientists to evolve new varieties and technologies for the benefit of farming community, director research Prof A R Trag stressed to pursue research vigorously. He also suggested to meet the financial requirements of the university in addition to state funding from external funded projects.