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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 12 KVKs are falling in 11 districts under the jurisdiction of the University. District Leh is having two KVKs, one at Leh and another at Neyoma whereas, 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.

12 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.

Future programmes of Directorate for current year:-



MEETINGS

a. Pre-Extension Education Council Meeting (one).

b. Extension Education Council Meeting (one)

c. ZREAC Meetings (two).

d. Entrepreneurship meetings with financial institutions (two).



TRAININGS

a. Trainings under Directorate of Extension Education (40 nos. )

b. Trainings under SAMETI (15 nos.)

c. Basic Horticulture Training Course (one year duration)

d. Basic Agriculture Training Course (one year duration)



T &V MONTHLY WORKSHOPS

a. Shalimar Campus (12)

b. RRS & FoA, Wadura (12)

c. RARS Khudwani (12)



FARM ADVISORY SERVICE (Based on request of line departments & farmers)

a. Disease Diagnostic Team Visits

b. Animal/ Plant Clinical Camps

c. Demonstrations/ Kisan Goshties / Conference / Awareness program / Interaction meetings / Extension Week etc.



INFORMATION AND PUBLICATION (As per request of Door Darshan/ Radio Kashmir)

a. Radio Talks

b. T. V. Talks

c. Print Media Messages

d. Publications

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.