KVK hosts aware­ness prog

The Northlines - - STATE - NL COR­RE­SPON­DENT KATHUA, JAN 11

Kr­ishi Vi­gyan Kendra (KVK) Kathua today or­ga­nized a Train­ing-cum-Aware­ness pro­gramme for farm­ers on Pro­tec­tion of Plant Va­ri­eties & Farm­ers Rights Act (PPV&FRA), 2001.

Over 150 farm­ers at­tended the pro­gramme and shared their ex­pe­ri­ences on cul­ti­va­tion of tra­di­tional va­ri­eties.

The pro­gramme was in­au­gu­rated by Vice Chan­cel­lor, SKUASTJammu, Prof. Pradeep K. Sharma in pres­ence of Di­rec­tor Re­search, Dr. J.P. Sharma, As­so­ciate

Di­rec­tor Ex­ten­sion & I/c KVKS, Dr. R.K. Arora, Di­rec­tor, Plan­ning & Mon­i­tor­ing, Dr. Deepak Kher, Es­tates Of­fi­cer, Su­nil Gan­do­tra, Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer, Iqbal Singh and DDM NABARD Kathua, Madan Lal.

In his ad­dress, Prof. Pradeep K. Sharma briefed the farm­ers about the ben­e­fits of PPV&FRA, 2001 for the farm­ing com­mu­nity. He ac­knowl­edged that farm­ers are en­gaged in con­serv­ing and im­prov­ing age old va­ri­eties of crops and em­pha­sized upon the need to make them aware about the ben­e­fits of the Act. He in­formed that the Act has pro­vi­sions to re­ward the farm­ers/group of farm­ers, who have main­tained mul­ti­ple germplasm of crop va­ri­eties.

Dr. J.P. Sharma ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­forts of Kr­ishi Vi­gyan Kendra, Kathua for or­ga­niz­ing the pro­gramme with the ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion of farm­ers of far flung areas of Bani tehsil. He briefed about the ef­forts of the uni­ver­sity in de­vel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies and also in con­serv­ing the avail­able bio­di­ver­sity. He in­formed that SKUASTJammu is in the process of de­vel­op­ing a Gene Bank of all types of crop va­ri­eties and re­quested farm­ers to sub­mit the germplasm avail­able with them for main­tain­ing the gene pool at Uni­ver­sity level.

Dr. R.K. Arora, As­so­ciate Di­rec­tor Ex­ten­sion & I/c KVKS, wel­comed the par­tic­i­pat­ing farm­ers and other dig­ni­taries in the pro­gramme and gave a brief ac­count of the ob­jec­tive of or­ga­niz­ing the pro­gramme. He elab­o­rated the Distinc­tive­ness, Uni­for­mity and Sta­bil­ity pa­ram­e­ters of crops in re­la­tion to PPV&FR Act. Ear­lier, Dr. Am­r­ish Vaid, Sr. Sci­en­tist and Head, KVK Kathua wel­comed the par­tic­i­pants in the pro­gramme and ex­plained spe­cific pro­vi­sions of PPV&FRA, 2001 in­clud­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of de­sir­able char­ac­ters in tra­di­tional crops & va­ri­eties, Farm­ers' Rights, reg­is­tra­tion process etc.

The event also wit­nessed an ex­hi­bi­tion where lo­cal va­ri­eties/land races of ce­re­als and other crops brought by the lo­cal farm­ers were dis­played. Some of them were col­lected by KVK Kathua for fur­ther sub­mis­sion to PPV&FR Au­thor­ity for fi­nal reg­is­tra­tion.

In the in­ter­ac­tion ses­sion, re­source per­sons re­sponded to queries of par­tic­i­pat­ing farm­ers. A book­let on the pro­vi­sions of PPV&FRA, 2001 was also re­leased on the oc­ca­sion in Hindi lan­guage for dis­tri­bu­tion to the farm­ers of the dis­trict. Dr. Pradeep Sharma also laid the foun­da­tion stone for es­tab­lish­ment of Spawn Pro­duc­tion Lab­o­ra­tory at KVK Kathua.

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