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  • The Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-Kashmir has a statutory role to play with regard to extension service, a vehicle which carries scientific agricultural technology interventions developed at the Research Stations to the farmer to enhance the net agricultural income of the farmers in a sustainable manner. The Directorate is working for agricultural development in the state of Jammu and Kashmir especially in Kashmir and Ladakh regions through professional extension services including training, farm advisory, on farm testing’s, field demonstrations and information services since 1982. Extension services are offered by a team of multidisciplinary team of scientists who performs their excellence in participatory mode in close coordination with various agencies outside and units within the University. The Directorate provides guidelines and continuously monitor and evaluate the extension programmes to its twelve KVK’s which are working under jurisdiction of SKUAST-Kashmir.

    The major activities of Extension Directorate are dissemination of farmer related information, training of farmers and extension functionaries, educating the Farmers through demonstrations, Field visits, Fields days and Farm advisory service, workshops, press and electronic media etc., through Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Extension Service units. The Directorate of Extension, a constituent unit of SKUAST-Kashmir Srinagar came into existence in 1982 at Shalimar Srinagar with the great vision of promoting advanced agricultural technologies for the benefits of the farmers. Development of human resources through knowledge enrichment and wisdom, underpinning food safety, sustainability of rich resources of the State and income to all rural sections of the population in general and hilly farming community in particular are the main focus of the unit. The Directorate of Extension Education has a well developed Plant Disease Clinic located in Agriculture Technology information Centre (ATIC) where diseases/disorders of various crop plants are diagnosed and remedial measures are suggested to the farmers by a team of experts. The farmers can also get the seeds, planting material of new varieties/ crops beside pertinent literature etc. The Directorate of Extension also organizes training courses regarding Soil health, Agronomy, Horticulture, Vegetable, Plant Protection, Agricultural Engineering, Seed Production, Mushroom Cultivation, Bee Keeping, Home Science, Post-harvest management of various crops, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Sericulture.

    For enhancing the process of transfer of technology, ICAR has established Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK’s) in each districts of the state out of which 13 KVKs are falling in 11 districts under the jurisdiction of the University. District Leh and Kargil having two KVKs each, one at Leh another at Neyoma in Leh district. Whereas in Kargil district one at Kargil and another at Zanaskar. KVK of district Baramulla is under the jurisdiction of Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture) These KVKs have been given a mandate to provide training to the farmers, extension functionaries and demonstrate the improved technology both “on" and "off" farm. Directorate provides the backstopping and monitors the activities of KVKs. Three basic functions of the Directorate of Extension are training, advisory and communication.

  • Brief Details

    • Directorate of Extension
    • Estd. 1982
    • Location Shalimar, Srinagar
    • Director Prof. Mushtaq Ahmad
    • Address Shalimar, Srinagar, 190025, J&K

“Excellence in agriculture technology transfer and knowledge management for a more proactive and responsive service”

To Plan, implement and execute various extension programmes in temperate and cold arid agriculture, animal husbandry and allied sectors in close association with the state line departments.

To provide platform for interface between farmers, researchers and extension functionaries to address the problems of agriculture and allied sectors.

To disseminate knowledge and proven farm technologies to the extension functionaries of the line departments and farmers.

To act as a resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technologies for supporting initiatives of public and private sector for improving the agricultural economy of the state, especially Northern part of the state.

Monitoring and evaluation of KVKs and ATIC activities on regular basis for achieving their objectives.


Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC) Shalimar, Srinagar.

Information and Publication Unit, Shalimar, Srinagar.

Agri Innovations & Micro-entrepreneurship Development Centre, Shalimar, Srinagar.

Extension Training Centre (ETC), Malangpora.

13 KVKs in 11 districts of Kashmir and Ladakh Division.

Mountain Agriculture Research & Extension Station, Gurez, Bandipora.

Highland Agriculture Research & Extension Station, Padam, Zanskar.

State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), SKUAST-Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar

Activities carried out through ATIC:
Agricultural technology information Centre (ATIC) is a “Single Window Technology Delivery System” introduced by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was promoted all over the country at every SAU, under National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP). Farmers, rural entrepreneurs, extension workers and citizens interested in agriculture are the targeted beneficiaries of ATIC.

Mandate of ATIC

1. To provide a ‘Single window’ delivery system for the products and species available form an institution to the farmers and other interested groups as a process of innovativeness in technology dissemination at the institute level.
2. To facilitate direct access to the farmers to the institutional resources available in terms of technology, advice, technology products etc., for reducing technology dissemination losses.
3. To provide mechanism for feed-beak from the user to the institute.

Objectives

1. To facilitate direct access between the farmers and University resources available in terms of technology, advice, technological products released by SKUAST-K with a view to promote improved technologies developed.
2. To provide testing and diagnostic services for soil, plant and livestock health etc.
3. To disseminate information and create awareness among the farmers about improved agricultural practices and diversification of farming
4. Educate growers through published literature, audio-visual aid and by making visit to ongoing farm experiments of different departments.
5. To enable the organizations to generate resources through sale of their products, technologies and services for scaling up the activities without much dependence on plan funds.
6. To get feed-back from the user to frame research programme in future.

Faci;lities providecd

1. Helpline: Helpline number 1551 of Kissan Call Centre can directly make a contact with the scientists of SKUAST-K on their mobile numbers to clarify farmer’s queries regarding production and management. Farmers can speak to the experts during the working hours of KCC about their problems and to clarify their doubts and seek remedial measures.
2. Sale Counter: ATIC sale counter is established to sell the different package of practices, fruits, vegetables, seeds of improved varieties, planting materials etc. obtained from various units of SKUAST-K and production centers.
3. Consultation Room: A panel of experts/ scientists is regularly available at ATIC consultation room to clarify the farmer’s doubts and to solve crop and livestock related problems encountered by the farmers/visitors. In the event of need other experts can be contacted.
4. Farm Diagnostic Visit: Depending upon the need ATIC organizes visits to farmer’s field by a group of scientists in order to diagnose diseases the problems and advice suitable control measures.
5. Visual Exposure: Interested farmer/visitor can have visual exposure to the university technologies through visit of experimental fields; university museum and other displayed photographs at ATIC.

Krishi Vigyan Kendras



Role of KVKs:

Krishi Vigyan Kendras are actively involved in the process of technology dissemination to the farmers’ field through Front Line Demonstration and various technical programmes. These activities are increasing every year by involving more farmers under the KVK programmes. Out of ten KVKs, two KVKs are new, sanctioned very recently by ICAR, New Delhi for the districts Anantnag and Shopian.



TECHNOLOGIES DISSEMINATED DURING PREVIOUS YEAR:

Demonstration of soil sampling

Soil testing before fertilizer use in different crops.

Treatments of various seeds of food crops.

Protected paddy nursery propagation.

Integrated Plant Nutrient Systems for sustainable crop production.

Production of Truthfully Labelled Seed of paddy, maize, vegetables etc.

Low cost poly house technique for propagation of quality seedlings of vegetables, fruits and commercial flowers.

Raising Cut-flowers in Poly-houses.

Raising quality planting material for apple, cherry, almond, walnut, pear, peach etc.

Popularisation of different crops through RCTs (Raised bed planting).

Hot bed preparation for early nursery raising.

Introduction and establishment of HDP (High Density Plantation) orchards in pome & stone fruits.

Pollination of fruit plants through various technologies like Top working, Bouquet Placement, Diversification of pollinizers, use of honey bees etc.

Training & Pruning of fruit trees for quality production.

Foliar Spray of nutrients like boron, calcium for improving the fruit-set, quality and shelf life of the fruit.

Integrated insect & disease management for quality production of crops.

Establishment of bee colonies for pollination and honey production.

Production of mushroom and establishment of small scale enterprises.

Low cost rearing hut for poor sericulture farmers.

Propagation of mulberry under low cost poly-houses.

Drudgery reduction in women.

Cutting and tailoring for unemployed rural girls.

Weaning of food for infant and mother.

Dehydration of vegetables and fruits for value addition.

Post-harvest management and value addition of fruits and vegetables.

Backyard poultry production.

Disease Management of Poultry.

Sanitation, deworming & vaccination of Livestock.

Prevention and control of foot and mouth disease in domestic animals.

Feasibility of Bio-gas technology in temperate climate of J&K.

Introduction of cold water fisheries.

The Directorate of Extension as per the mandate has to reach the farming community not only for dissemination of new technological know-how but to resolve the problems on-spot. The farm advisory services are carried as;
a) To update the knowledge of officers of development departments and persons involved in transferring messages and latest farming techniques to the farmers.
b) Interaction of farmers directly with the scientists of SKUAST-K, for on-spot solution to the problems. The service is carried out by the directorate through the organization of camps and visits. c) To issue weather based agro-advisory services for the farmers through electronic and print media.

DETAILS OF ADVISORY SERVICES THROUGH ATIC FOR THE PERIOD (2011-017)

Farmers/ Students group visits attended

Note: The numbers of beneficiaries are given in parenthesis.

Subject Wise Information Provided (Beneficiaries Nos.)

Advisories issued through electronic and print media by the Directorate:

During the year 2016 following Advisories issued to the farmers through print and electronic media: Total No. 07

The information and publication section of this directorate disseminate agriculture technologies to farming community that are derived from research activities of SKUAST-K. These activities are being undertaken through mass media which includes T.V, Radio, talks of scientists and publishing package of practices, spray schedules, pamphlets, leaflets, booklets and informative messages under print media for the overall benefit of the farming community. In addition Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar telecast various events and activities of SKUAST-K.

Publications released during 2011-2016:

2011-12

1. Package of Practices (Fruit Crops).
2. Package of Practices (Vegetable Crops).
3. Value addition of Fruits and Vegetable
4. Nutrition and Nutrients
5. Chotey janwwaroon key zabah main hifazanisahat va safai.
6. PPV aur FR act key tehat kisanoon key hakook.
7. Protection of plant variety and farmers right (PPV & FRS) act law for (PPV) in India.
8. Zafran key khaitoon main (khachi ghagur) chuhay key tadaruk key leay lahey amal.
9. Badam key kasht keeday makhdoom aur bemarion ket khelaf insidadi tadabeer.
10. Dhan key khet main istemal alat koushawarzi (machines & equipments used for paddy cultivation).
11. Balanced application of fertilizers in orchards.
12. Soil sample (mittee ka namuna).
13. Kala zeera key tejarati satah phe kasht.
14. Dhan key kasht.
15. Dhan key mahfooz nursary ka tasavor aur technique.
16. Seab key darakhtoon key shakh tarashi.

2012-13

1. Package of Practices on cereal crops
2. Package of Practices on vegetable crops
3. Zarai Paigam 2012
4. Pamphlet on Management of Canker disease
5. Pamphlet on Seb Ke Darakhton Ki Shakh Tarashi (urdu version)
6. Training Manual on ISOPOM Maize – March, 2012
7. Production Technology for temperate maize – March, 2012
8. Maqllot fasal me Daloon kie ifadiyat – October, 2012
9. Kashmir Mein Maki ke kasht – March, 2013
10. Impact assessment of Front line Demonstration in Maize - March, 2013
11. Shahad kee tabi Aur sanati Ajadiat – January, 2013
12. Kashmir Mein Jadeed Pani ke Nahal kus Mashkt keis liya Nafa Bakhsh Tadabeer - January, 2013
13. Ziyada Faidha key Liya dairy farm key Khas intizamat – April, 2013.

2013-14

1. Meyari Gobar Khad.
2. Saeb kee Takhamrazee.
3. Saeb Aur Nashpati Ma Gher Khemyani Tareecoon say Bemaryoon ka Ilagh.
4. Management of Canker disease in apple.
5. Soil Sampling method for Orchards.
6. Leaf Sampling Techniques for Orchards.
7. Sard Alaqoon Kay liya Broiler Poultry Farm Kee Banawat.
8. Saeb Kay Darakhtoon Ka Canker Aur Is ka Tadaruk.
9. Makee Kee Barpur Fasal Kay liye Scienicy Tareekay.
10. Dhan Ki Barpur Fasal Kay liya Meyari Bech Kee Zaroorat.
11. Sarsoon Kay Fasloon Ma Sulphur Kee Zaroorat.

Booklets

1. Dhan Kee Kasht.
2. Kashmiri Saag.
3. Chopayoon Kee Teeka karyaan.
4. Merayi Gobar Khad.
5. Saeb Kee Takhmrazee.
6. Kashmir Ma Daloon Kee Kasht Ka Manzer Nama.
7. Shahad Kee Tabi Aur Sanati Afadiat.
8. Kashmir Ma Jadeed Pani Ma Nichloon Ke Nahal Kay liye Nafabaksh tadabeer.
9. Saf va Shafaf Doodh Key Paidawar Kyen Aur Kaisay.
10. Mukami Ashia Kurdini Tayar Karney Key Sastey Tareekay.
11. Taming the Soil.
12. Selection of quality planting material.
13. Dhan Kay Fasal Ma Raie Aur Is Ka Tadaruk.
14. Cultivation of tomato in polyhouse.
15. Cultivation of cucumber in polyhouse.
16. Cultivation of capsicum in polyhouse.

Books

1. Kashmir Ma Makee Ki Kasht
2. Impact assessment of frontline demonstration in Maiza
3. Package of practices (Cut flower)
4. Dehydration of flowers
5. Health training tool kit, Volume 1. (Hamari Behan Razia)
6. Health training tool kit, Volume 2. (Hamari Behan Razia)
7. Phaloon Ma Behtar Zariyee Aur Shahad Kee Makhi Ka Istimal
8. Urdu Journal, “Zaria Paigam”, 2013.
9. Ornamental House Plants for Kashmir Valley.
10. Woody ornamental Plants for Landscaping.

2014-15

1. Advances in silkworm microsporidiosis
2. Woody ornamental plants for landscaping
3. Ornamental house plants for Kashmir valley
4. Health benefits of turmeric
5. Boron deficiency in apple and pear
6. Shahad kee makhyaan –kyoun inkee phiker karni chahiyay
7. Saib kay patoon main alternaria leaf blotch kay almat, tadaruk aur ahtiyat
8. Mawaisheyon main jigar kay keeday (Fabcioliasis), alamaat, ilaj aur ehtiyaat
9. Nauazaid bachon kee parwarish aur deikh ball main kuch aham hidayaat
10. Gajar kee kasht-Bemaryoon aur keedoon makadoon ko kabu ma rakhnay kay ihtiyati tadabeer
11. Vermicomposting
12. Nucleus and breeder seed Production of maize
13. Sabzeeyoon kee kasht kay liya zarooree hidayat
14. Pruning and its importance in apple.
15. Phophondkash our kheday marnay wali ahidayat kay istimal kay zaroori ihtiyati tadbeer
16. Tageerati marhalay main ghai kee khurak aur deakhball
17. Meeti kee kashoosiyat ka zamindar kay zariya azkhud jayeza
18. Patton ka tajziya
19. Zari Paigam

2015-16

1. Patoon Ka Tejzeya Bagoon Kee Zarkheez kee khasiyat Kay liye Batoon Rahnima
2. Methi ki Khasoosiyat ka Zamdar ke Zamidar Ke Zariya Azkhud Jayeza
3. NADEP Compost – A Step towards healthy soil and crops
4. Management of reproductive deficiency in farm animals
5. Advisory and spray schedule – 2015 for Apple orchards of Kashmir
6. Bagaat wali mitti ka Namoona Hasil Karnay ka Tareeka

2016-17

1. Calendar of activities for Temperate Horticultural and Field Crops
2. Sab kay Darakhtoo mainmehlak BemariCanker Bachow (Management of deadly disease Canker in Apple)
3. BIOGAS. A Boon for temperate climate
4. Machinekari kay faiday nuksanaat aur custom hiring marakaz ka kirdar
5. Chawal kay pakwan
6. Indigenous technical knowledge in Animal Medicine
7. Vermicompost production under Kargil conditions
8. Onion maggot and its management in Kargil Region
9. Livestock management in Ladakh during harsh winter
10. Pashmina goat wealth of cold Arid region of Ladakh
11. Kargil main subzeyoon ki Aam Bemaryan. Aur inka Roktham
12. Use of Bio-fertilizers in Agriculture
13. Innovation of low cost food warmer for quick curdling & ready to serve foods

Trainings are perpetual activity of this Directorate since its inception. It organizes different type of training courses for the officers and field functionaries of Development Departments. These are based on the of principle “Learning by doing” so as to make them effective in transfer of technology by updating their knowledge and skill. The main emphasis of holding such training courses was to acquaint the participants in the following areas:

Agricultural technologies and allied fields
Recent research innovation
Assessment and refinement of technologies and farming practices; and
Communications skills

Other Extension Activities organized by the Directorate: