Governor, CM for optimum utilization of available resources to maximize outputs

SKUAST-J to Set up School of Agri-Business Management

Srinagar - The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST), Jammu, will shortly set up the School of Agri-Business Management with an intake capacity of 30 students, on self-sustainable basis. This will be a two years course.

Approval to this effect was given by the University Council of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Jammu, at its 8th meeting held at Raj Bhavan, here last evening under the chairmanship of . N. N. Vohra, Governor, who is Chancellor of the University.

Addressing the meeting, the Governor, and . Omar Abdullah, Chief Minister emphasized the need for adequate utilization of infrastructure, equipment and all other logistics and resources available with the University for maximizing their outputs. They stressed the need for taking all required measures on urgent basis for reducing imports and gradually making the State self-reliant in meeting the requirements of dairy, poultry, mutton and fish. They also called for more close coordination among both the Farm Universities of the State and extension agencies of the Government for enhancing agri-productivity on sustainable basis.

The Governor suggested that the larger objectives of the State would be far better served if the Vice Chancellors of all the Universities and major institutions of higher learning in J&K could establish effective coordination and collaborative approaches in identified areas. He suggested that there should be regular interaction among these institutions to promote the welfare of the people of the State.

Referring to the need for undertaking study of impact of deficient rains on the agriculture and its allied sectors, the Governor observed that research projects should be taken up by the Farm Universities to most effectively deal with this issue on short and long-term basis.

While referring to the proposal for DNA finger printing of elite germplasm of important crops of the State, the Chief Minister asked Vice Chancellors of both the Agricultural Universities to draw up a policy document for setting up of such hi-tech laboratories.

The Chief Minister said that lot of effort has been made to develop entrepreneurship in the State and added that there is need to increase its outreach in various sectors.

While reviewing the infrastructure development programme of the University, the Chief Minister advised the Vice Chancellor to go in for third party monitoring of these projects.

Sham Lal Sharma, Minister for Horticulture and Floriculture, put forth several suggestions for the growth of these sectors, adding that they have a vast potential in the State.

Ghulam Hassan Mir, Minister for Agriculture, emphasized the need for optimum utilization of available land and other infrastructure by the University, particularly for seed production.

Aga Syed Ruhulla Mehdi, Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, said that efforts need to be further intensified for increasing the production of dairy, mutton, poultry and fish in the State.

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