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ATMA, JAMMU IMPARTED ONE DAY TRAINING TO FOOD SECURITY GROUPS OF WOMEN AT RAIPUR

One day Training Program of FOOD SECURITY GROUPS FOR WOMEN was conducted by ATMA, Jammu at Village Raipur, Block Bhalwal, Agriculture Sub Division Marh today on 28-01-2017 in which two groups of Women Food Security Groups of 25 members in each group were imparted training on Mushroom Cultivation, Kitchen Gardening, Making of Pickles, Jam & Jellies.
The training program was conducted on the directions of Sh. A. K. Malhotra, Director of Agriculture, Jammu (State Nodal Officer, ATMA, J&K) and guidance of Sh. R. L. Bhagat, Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu and Sh. Arun Kumar Makhnotra, District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu with the motive to strengthen the Women Food Security Groups of Jammu District and to make the groups self sufficient. The training was conducted under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) Sub-Mission on Agriculture Extension (SMAE), ATMA of National Mission for Agriculture Extension & Technology (NMAET).
Dy. Project Directors, Sh. B. B. Sidha and Sh. Ravinder Kachroo delivered the lectures on the occasion and gave a detailed overview of the different training programs under ATMA. The members of the Women Food Security Groups were advised to go for Mushroom Cultivation and Kitchen Gardening throughout the year. Members of the Groups were motivated to go for pickle making and to sell the product in the Government Offices & Local Market and as such strengthen the groups established.
Other officers who were present and spoke on the occasion include are Sh. Rajesh Gandotra (Program Coordinator), Sh. B. K. Koul (AEO Bhalwal), JAEO Bhalwal, VAEA Raipur and Mushroom Cultivation Expert, Sh. Sodagar Singh Saini F/A.

EXPOSURE VISIT CUM TRAINING OF WOMEN FOOD SECURITY GROUPS CONDUCTED BY ATMA, JAMMU

One day training program of farmers of Jammu District and Exposure Visit of Women Food Security Groups of Chak Bana, Bishnah and Badyal Brahmana (R.S. Pura) was conducted by Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu under National Mission on Agriculture Extension Technology (NMAET) at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), SKUAST-J, R.S. Pura, Jammu. In the said training program more than 100 farmers from different areas of Jammu District including women farmers of WFSGs participated. Sh. Arun Kumar Makhnotra, District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu while addressing gave stress on the strengthening of the groups and instructed to the staff of ATMA and Agriculture Department to educate the women farmers particularly the new techniques of Mushroom Cultivation throughout the year, Management of Apiaries, training regarding canning and food preservation so that the women groups are established and will set an example for other groups. Dr. Vikas Tandon, Head KVK, R.S. Pura also spoke on the occasion and gave a detail of several techniques by which the Women Food Security Groups are strengthen.
Dy. Project Directors Sh. B. B. Sidha and Sh. Ravinder Kachroo also spoke and gave a detailed overview of the activities of ATMA in Jammu District. Dr. Rakesh of KVK, R.S. Pura delivered a lecture on yellow rust of wheat. Exposure to Mushroom unit and Vermi compost unit of the farmers was conducted by Dr. Poonam.
Among others who were present include Sh. Rajesh Gandotra , Program Coordinator, Sh. Ashwani Jojra, Dr. Meenakshi, Dr. Deepshikha Sharma, Sh. S. K. Munshi, S. Baljinder Singh, Sh. Ashwani Kaw, Smt. Rekha Sharma and Smt Devanshi Pandit, ATMs of ATMA, Jammu.

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MANAGE reviews activities of ATMA Jammu

Senior faculty members of National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad reviewed the activities of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu in a meeting organized by C. M. Sharma, Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu (Convener of ATMA). The meeting was chaired by Dr. Uma Rani, Director MANAGE and co-chaired by Dr. G. Jaya Deputy Director MANAGE. After introducing the ATMA team to the Director, Vinod Ganjoo, District Agriculture Officer-Extension (Secretary and Treasurer ATMA) explained the position of funds received and the expenditure incurred thereof. Giving an account of activities of ATMA, Dr. V. S. Verma, Project Director apprised that ATMA team organized three Farmers Field Schools, laid ninety one demonstration plots on rice, maize, vegetables and mushroom, trained six hundred farmers in agriculture and allied departments during the year 2014-15. Explaining the field activities, B. B. Sidha Deputy Project Director recounted that training programmes were organized in Agriculture and allied departments like Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Sericulture and Fisheries in collaboration with allied departments and KVK to educate farmers about the latest agro-technologies for increasing production and productivity of various commodities helping farmers to augment their farm income. Ravinder Kachroo, Deputy Project Director apprised that Farmers Field School on rice crop was organized in village Jinder Melu, the paddy belt of R. S. Pura, vegetable crops in Pinjore village in Jhiri area, maize crop in Nardi Bala, the rainfed belt in Akhnoor wherein the farmers were educated about various crop operations based on latest scientific methods from sowing to harvesting of the crop. The impact points were judicious use of pesticides, balanced dose of fertilizers, stressing the use of potash in their crops and seed treatment before sowing. Earlier, the MANAGE team visited border village Karotana and interacted with farmers to get first hand information of ATMA activities in that area.

Dr. Uma Rani, Director MANAGE was satisfied with the working of ATMA and gave instructions to make the activities more result-oriented to the farmer. She was categorical about regular meetings with Block Technology Team and Block Farmers Advisory Committee to identify the gaps to increase the production and productivity in agriculture and allied sectors.

Border farmers training by ATMA Jammu

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu organized one day training camp in the border village Karotana, near the international border in R. S. Pura, which was attended by about one hundred farmers. The training was organised by Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director, B. B. Sidha and Ravinder Kachroo Deputy Directors of ATMA for educating the farmers about the latest agro-techniques in the field of agriculture and allied sectors for increasing production and productivity of various crops in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. Among others who attended the training camp were D. D. Bhagat AEO, Kuldeep Singh, Dalbir Singh and Anshu Gupta JAEOs from Agriculture Department, Hans Raj, Pritam Lal, Joginder Lal and other progressive farmers.

The farmers were educated about various agronomical and plant protection operations to be adopted for increasing production and productivity of wheat, the major rabi crop of the area. Due to the ensuing threat of yellow rust of wheat crop, the farmers were cautioned to identity the disease and spray propiconazole as soon as it was detected in their fields.

In view of large demand of wheat seed and the compulsion of the Agriculture Department for not being able to meet the entire demand of supplying quality seed to the area, farmers were educated about the methods for raising healthy, weed-free and disease-free crop for producing their own seed for the next season.

The farmers were also educated for adopting ancillary occupations connected to agriculture for earning additional income, besides pouring in the food bowl of the country.

With a view to protect agricultural crops from huge losses by rats, a compressive strategy for rat control was elucidated and it was stressed that the rat control operation should be adopted at community level for complete eradication of rat menace. Besides agriculture, farmers were also educated about raising backyard poultry, honey bee-keeping, growing mushroom, tips for raising healthy cattle for increasing milk production.

The training camp was organized under the supervision of Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu and District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu with the coordination of Mr. S. K Garyali (AEO) and Mr. Sanyog Kotru (Research Assistant).

Training on silkworm rearing organized by ATMA Jammu

One day training programme for the promotion of silkworm rearing was organized by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu in the Sericulture Nursery, Jhajjar Kotli of Dansal Block in which fifty farmers participated. Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director ATMA welcomed officials from Sericulture Department, for their cooperation in organizing the training and farmers for attending the training camp. He asserted that silkworm rearing was quite remunerating and emphasized that farmers should adopted it as an additional occupation for supplementing their farm income, besides pouring more in the production stock of the nation. B. B. Sidha, Deputy Project Director ATMA explained that National Mission of Agricultural Extension and Technology was devoted to the service of farmers for filling the gaps in research and technology and reiterated the commitments of ATMA team for put in sincere efforts to take the latest technology to the doorsteps of farmers for increasing production and productivity of various crops in the field of agriculture and related sectors.

Anju Koul, Deputy Director, Sericulture Department apprised the farmers that the silk cocoon of this state is preferred by the buyers from other parts of the country due to its superior quality fetching higher value to the farmers and manifests great prospects to change the socio-economic status of farmers. She gave a thorough lecture with practical demonstrations of various essential technical points during the process of silkworm rearing and informed the farmers about various schemes of the department for the promotion of sericulture in the State for producing quality silk. She appreciated Makhno Devi, a the progressive rearing farmer of Jhajjar Kotli who enhanced her cocoon production from 70 kg in 2013 to 120 kg in 2014 earning an additional income of twenty two thousand rupees, besides her usual agricultural farming and exhorted other farmers to take a cue from her for adoption of silkworm rearing for supplementing their farm income vis-à-vis contributing in silk production of the country.

Ravinder Kachroo, Deputy Director ATMA thanked Deputy Director Sericulture for her cooperation in organizing the training camp and providing technical know-how about silkworm rearing, farmers of dansal Block for their active participation in the training, Sushil Garyali Coordinator and Sanyog Kotru Co-cordinator of the training.

Sheep, goat breeders trained by ATMA Jammu

One day training programme was organized by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu for sheep and goat breeders. Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director ATMA welcomed the officers and resource persons of Sheep Husbandry Department as well as farmers in the training camp. B. B. Sidha Deputy Project Director ATMA divulged that the Agency was committed to the service of farmers for their overall development and enhancing their farm income. He apprised the farmers that the training was organized for making the farmers aware of various schemes of Sheep Husbandry Department for sheep and goat breeders, besides providing solution to various problems in sheep and goat rearing. In his inaugural address Dr. S. A. Tak District Sheep Husbandry Officer gave health tips, management of sheep and goats, besides informing the farmers about various centrally sponsored schemes for the welfare of sheep breeders of the area. During the training, resource persons viz., Dr. Qari Najib BVO Satwari, Dr. Rahul Dingra BVO Bishnah and Dr. Deepanjali Verma Research Assistant D.I.L., Kartholi educated sheep and goat breeders about care and management of pregnant sheep and goat, diagnostics and treatment of different diseases of sheep and goat. Proposing the vote of thanks, Ravinder Kachroo, Deputy Project Director ATMA expressed gratitude towards Dr. S. A. Tak District Sheep Husbandry Officer, Jammu for his cooperation in organizing the Training camp, Dr. K. L. Kakroo Principal Training Institute and Dr. Farhat Bashir Officer Incharge Training Class of Sheep Husbandry Department for proving all facilities for the successful conductance of the camp, resource persons for educating the farmers about various aspects of sheep and goat rearing and the farmers for attending the camp.

Training on Cherry tomato organized by ATMA Jammu

Two days’ training-cum-demonstration on growing cherry tomato, also called as ladder tomato, under poly green house, was organized by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Jammu at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu in collaboration with Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization (ITCO) under STED Project of Department of Science & Technology. The training was aimed at educating the farmers for growing off-season tomato and other vegetable crops in poly green houses for earning huge income. Vegetable growers from throughout Jammu district participated in the training-cum-demonstration programme. Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director ATMA welcomed the dignitaries, resource persons and farmers for attending the training programme. Mr. Binoy Kumar Consultant of ITCO apprised that the aim of the training was to catch the fancy of vegetable growers for using poly green house availing huge subsidy being provided by Agriculture Department under centrally sponsored schemes for farmers. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. S. S. Jamwal Director Agriculture exhorted the farmers to grow tomato and vegetable crops under poly green houses for making their farm produce available in the market before the regular season for earning huge income. He stressed upon using proper and latest agro-techniques for growing tomato and other vegetable crops and advocated the use of protected cultivation of vegetable and other high value crops in poly green houses under controlled conditions. Sudesh Koul, Joint Director (Inputs) emphasized upon using poly houses for catching the market and bringing the produce in the market during the periods of scarce availability of vegetables for selling their produce at higher rates enhancing their overall profit. Underlining the importance of growing vegetable and flower crops in poly houses, A. K. Malhotra, Joint Director (Extension) asserted that protected cultivation required less water for irrigation under controlled environment minimizing disease and pest attacks.

Dr. R. K. Samnotra, Head of the Division of Vegetable Science, SKUAST-Jammu spoke on various aspects of protected cultivation of Cherry tomato under poly house conditions. He advocated the off-season cultivation of tomato and other vegetable and high value flowers for increasing farm income. Arun Jaral Junior Agriculture Extension Officer spoke on the agronomic practices of tomato and other vegetable crops and recommended the use of biopesticides that could be prepared by farmers themselves at their respective fields and advised using proper weedicide for managing undesired weeds preventing unnecessary depletion of soil nutrients. B. B. Sidha and Ravinder Kachroo, Deputy Project Directors of ATMA, Jammu took the farmers for an exposure visit to the field and explained various aspects of poly houses for cultivation of off-season vegetables.

Other officers present in the training were C.M. Sharma Deputy Director Central, K. K. Sharma Incharge Centrally Sponsored Schemes Sanjeev Arora Chief Executive Officer ITCO, J&K, Vinod Ganjoo District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu, and Arun Makhnotra Prog. Officer.

ATMA Jammu organizes farmers’ training camp

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) of Jammu organized one day farmers’ training camp at K.V.K., R. S. Pura in which two hundred fifty farmers participated in which Mr. O. S. Chaudhary, Chief Agriculture Officer was the Chief Guest. Briefing the activities of ATMA Scheme in Jammu district, Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director ATMA apprised that the organization has concluded three Farmer Field Schools in different agro-ecological situations of Jammu on rice crop in Jinder Melu, maize crop in Akhnoor and vegetable crops in Pinjore village of Mishriwala. He further informed the members that demonstration plots of peas and wheat crops have been laid in farmers’ fields in all the Community Blocks throughout Jammu district and that six hundred farmers are being trained in agriculture and allied sectors throughout the district.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu Chief Agriculture Officer stressed upon growing improved and high yielding varieties of cereal crops, vegetable and pulse crops, adopt proper crop protection measures to save their crops from diseases and pests. He stressed upon growing mushroom, backyard poultry and improved breeds of milch cattle for pouring more in the food bowl of the State and the country, besides increasing their farm income.

In the technical lecture by resource persons from diverse fields of agriculture and related sectors, the farmers were educated about the latest interventions in the respective fields for profitable farming. Anju Koul, Deputy Director Sericulture divulged that the buyers from outside the state prefer high quality cocoons from this region and spoke on huge profits that could be earned by rearing silk worm cocoons. Dr. Prem Kumar, SMS from KVK, RS Pura educated the farmers about the profitability of fish farming, while Kulbhushan Verma Asstt. Director Fisheries apprised the farmers about various schemes of the department for promoting fish farming in the State. Dr. B. B. Sidha, Deputy Project Director ATMA warned the farmers about the probable threat of yellow rust disease in wheat crop and educated them how to manage this dreaded disease. Ravnder Kachroo educated the farmers to high yielding varieties of vegetable crops for increase production and earning high profit.

Sham Gorkha and Hans Raj, progressive farmers of different villages of R. S. Pura appreciated the ATMA team for providing guidance in all aspects of farming and admitted that they had increased their farm production by adopting latest agro-techniques at their farms.

Programme Coordinator K.V.K., R.S.Pura, District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu, District Agriculture Officer (Inputs), Agriculture Extension Officer, JEOs and other officers from different department wewre also present in the Training Camp.

ATMA Management Committee, Jammu takes stock of ongoing activities

A meeting of the District Management Committee of Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), a centrally sponsored scheme under National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology was convened by Chief Agriculture Officer, Jammu to review the working of ATMA, Jammu for the year 2014-15. District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Programme Coordinator K.V.K. (SKUAST-J), R. S. Pura, District Sheep Husbandry Officer, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Deputy Director Sericulture, Assistant Director Fisheries and Horticulture Development Officer as representative of Chief Horticulture Officer attended the meeting as members of the District Management Committee of ATMA, besides Project Director and both the Deputy Project Directors of ATMA, Jammu. As convener of ATMA, Mr. O. S. Chaudhary, Chief Agriculture Officer welcomed the members of the District Management Committee and apprised the Board members about various extension activities of ATMA being taken up for transfer of latest agro-technologies to farmers of the district and filling the gaps in research and development at farm level. Reckoning various strides made during the current year, Dr. V. S. Verma Project Director, Sh. B. B. Sidha Dy. Project Director and Sh. Ravinder Kachroo Dy. Project Director of ATMA Jammu, they divulged that the organization has concluded three Farmer Field Schools in different agro-ecological situations of Jammu providing comprehensive technical know-how from sowing to harvesting on rice crop in Jinder Melu in paddy belt of R.S.Pura, maize crop in Nardi Bala in coarse grain belt of Akhnoor and vegetable crops in Pinjore village of Mishriwala. They further informed the members that demonstration plots of peas and wheat crops have been laid in farmers’ fields in all the Community Blocks throughout Jammu district and that six hundred farmers are being trained in agriculture and allied trades such as horticulture, animal husbandry, sheep husbandry, fisheries and sericulture for transfer of latest technology with a view to increase production and productivity and enhancing farm income.

The members of the District Management Committee expressed satisfaction with the working of ATMA and assured to extend wholehearted cooperation in running various programmes. The members exhorted that Block Technology Team comprising of block level officers of line departments should be taken into confidence for the successful conductance of various schemes in the field. They were of the opinion that the District Farmers’ Advisory Committee as well as Block Farmers’ Advisory Committee should be reviewed and changes, if necessary, be made for the smooth functioning of various programmes of the scheme. Programme Coordinator K.V.K, R.S.Pura, Sanjay Kher assured to provide technical support to different programmes of ATMA. The Chief Agriculture Officer thanked the members of the District Management Committee for sparing their precious time and giving valuable suggestions for running various programmes of ATMA.

ATMA concludes Farm School on Vegetable Crops

Farm school on vegetable crops comprising of twenty five farmers, established by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) under National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) in village Pinjore of Jhiri area was successfully concluded. The farmers were provided comprehensive agro-advisory involving latest interventions on vegetable crops being grown in the area during the entire cropping season. Deputy Project Directors of ATMA viz., B. B. Sidha and Ravinder Kachroo advised the vegetable growers to shift from conventional to high-tech cultivation. They underlined the importance of seed treatment before sowing the seeds of vegetable crops for averting of a wide range of seed and soil-borne diseases.

They encouraged the farmers for adoption of forcing techniques for growing off-season vegetables using poly-green houses and making the market replete with vegetables throughout the year and earn huge profits. They emphasized that the seeds of the off-season varieties of vegetable crops should be sown on the advice of the experts of the Agriculture Department. The farmers were also educated for round-the-year cultivation of various types of mushrooms for enhancing their farm income.

Vegetable growers of the Farm School including Ramji Sharma, the achiever farmer of Panjore appreciated the dedication of ATMA team for educating the vegetable growers about the latest agro-techniques for profitable vegetable farming earning huge profits by shifting from traditional to scientific cultivation. The farmers thanked the experts of ATMA for providing technical guidance and reiterated their commitment for adoption of scientific knowledge for profitable cultivation of vegetable crops in future.

The farm school was organized under the supervision of Chief Agriculture Officer and District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu with the coordination of Mr. S. K Garyali (AEO) and Mr. Sanyog Kotru (Research Assistant).

Farm School on Vegetable Crops organized by ATMA, Jammu

A farm school on vegetable crops, comprising a group of twenty five vegetable growers of village Pinjore in Jhiri area, has been established by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) of Jammu.

The selected farmers were given agro-advisory on the cultivation of vegetable crops using latest agro-techniques for increasing production and productivity. Dr. V. S. Verma, Project Director ATMA exhorted the farmers to shift from traditional to scientific cultivation of vegetable crops by following the advisory provided by ATMA experts, increasing production and productivity and earning huge profits from their crops. Deputy Project Directors of ATMA viz., B. B. Sidha and Ravinder Kachroo educated the farmers about various interventions at different crop stages during the cropping season for raising a healthy crop and enhancing their farm income. They stressed upon the importance of soil and seed treatment before sowing the seeds of various crops for avoidance of a wide range of soil and seed borne diseases. The potato growers were educated about early and late blight diseases and their timely management using fungicides for saving the crop. The farmers were cautioned against excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers as it made the plants easy prey to unwanted insect pests and diseases and stressed upon the appropriate use of potassic fertilizer as it provided resistance to crops against various diseases. The farmers were also educated to use their Kisan Credit Cards merely for procuring agricultural inputs. Agricultural implements were distributed among the vegetable growers for performing various cultural operations during the crop underlining the importance of weeding for averting undesired depletion of nutrients from the soil resulting in higher yields.

Ramji Sharma, the achiever farmer of village Pinjore of jhiri area appreciated the sincere and dedicated efforts of ATMA team for providing farm advisory to vegetable growers of the area for enhancing production and increasing their farm income. Vegetable growers of Pinjore lauded the sincere efforts of agricultural experts of ATMA for providing farm advisory throughout the cropping season by adoption of the latest agro-techniques from field preparation and sowing of nursery to harvesting. The farmers thanked the agricultural experts for their guidance and ensured that the lessons learnt in the farm schools shall be taken to their farms for raising healthy crops in the winter season.

Farm Schools organized by ATMA, Jammu

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), a centrally sponsored scheme under the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET), has been envisaged by Government of India to fill the gaps in research and development, besides taking the latest agro-techniques to farmers. Rice growers of village Jinder Melu of R. S. Pura area were educated about various crop operations by the experts of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA). Another Farm School on maize crop was organised in village Narri Bala of Akhnoor Sub Division. Sh. B. B. Sidha, Deputy Project Director, ATMA stressed upon the importance of removing undesired weeds from the farm to avoid unwanted competition with the crop and depletion of precious nutrients from the soil alleviating the grain quality due to admixture of weed seeds. He asserted the rice growers that the weeds should not be allowed to crop up and those emerging later should be removed from the crop before flowering or maturation of seeds for avoiding weed seed admixture lowering the quality of produce, thereby inflicting significant economic losses to the farmer. He further advised the farmers about judicious use of chemical fertilizers, underlined the importance of using muriate of potash as it provided resistance to the plants against diseases. He cautioned the farmers against excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers as it made the plant an easy prey inviting unwanted insect pests and diseases. The Deputy Project Director underlined the importance of seed treatment before sowing and stressed upon farmers to treat wheat seed prior to sowing during the ongoing rabi season as it protected the crop from seed-borne as well as soil-borne diseases. Sh. Ravinder Kachroo, Dy. Project Director educated the farmers about chemical weed management of obnoxious weeds of rice crop like Echinochloa crus-galli, locally known as Kalna, besides some other weeds like Boerhavia diffusa (Lunak) and Amranthus viridis (Chaleri). He also exhorted the farmers for removal of noxious weeds manually from their rice fields before seed maturation where the weed population was thin before shattering of weed seeds in their fields leading to low weed population in the next crop. He also warned the farmers about various insect pests and advised methods for managing them to save huge losses caused to the crop.

Dr. V. S. Verma, Project Director emphasized the need for concerted efforts at community level for eradication of noxious weeds from their fields thus enhancing the value of the grain fetching more income to farmer. He exhorted the farmers to follow the advisory provided by ATMA experts throughout the cropping season for increasing production and productivity of their crops and earning huge economic gains from their crop.

Mr. Sham Gorkha, the achiever farmer and all other progressive farmers of Jinder Melu area lauded the sincere and dedicated efforts of ATMA team for providing farm advisory to rice growers of the area for increasing rice production and farm income. S. Ranjit Singh, the achiever farmer and Ex-Havildar Sujan Singh, another progressive farmer of Nardi Bala area of Akhnoor appreciated the sincere efforts of agricultural experts of ATMA in providing constant instructions throughout the cropping season about the latest agro-techniques for sowing high yielding maize varieties and raising a healthy crop for enhancing production and productivity of the crop. The farmers were impressed by the interaction with the agricultural experts and ensured that the lessons learnt in the farm schools shall be taken to their farms for raising healthy crops and enhancing grain yield. The farmers reiterated their commitment for adoption of the latest agro-techniques passed on by the experts of ATMA for increasing their farm income.

The farm schools were organized under the supervision of Chief Agriculture Officer, and District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu with the cooperation of Mr. S. K Garyali (AEO) and Mr. Sanyog Kotru (Research Assistant).

Rice, Maize farmers educated by ATMA

Rice growers of village Jinder Melu of R.S.Pura and maize farmers of Nardi Bala of Akhnoor area were educated about various crop operations by the experts of Agriculture Technology Management (ATMA) B.B. Sidha, Dy. Project Director underlined the importance of removing undesired weeds from their rice fields to avoid unwanted competition with the crop and depletion of precious nutrients from the soil affecting the quality of grain. He asserted that the weeds should be removed from the crop before flowering or maturation of seeds avoiding admixture with weed seed that lowered the quality of produce, thereby inflicting significant economic losses to the farmer. He further advised the farmers about judicious use of chemical fertilizers and cautioned them against excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers as it made the plant an easy prey inviting unwanted insect pests and diseases. Ravinder Kachroo, Dy. Project Director educated the farmers about chemical weed management of obnoxious weeds of rice crop like Echinochloa crusgalli, locally known as kalna, besides some other weeds like Beorhavia diffusa (Lunak) and Amaranthus virdis (Chalera) He also warned the farmers about various insect pests and advised methods for managing them to save huge losses caused to the crop Dr. V.S.Verma, Project Director emphasized the need for concerted efforts at community level of eradication of noxious from their fields thus enhancing the value of the grain fetching more income to farmer. Mr. Sham Gorkha, the achiever farmer of Jinder Melu and all other progressive farmers of Jinder Melu area lauded the sincere and dedicated efforts of ATMA team for providing farm advisory to rice growers of the area for increasing rice production and farm income. S. Ranjit Singh, the achiever farmer and Ex-Havildar Suraj Singh, another progressive farmers of Nardi Bala area of Akhnoor appreciated the sincere efforts of agricultural experts of ATMA in providing constant instructions throughout the crop season about the least agro- techniques for sowing high yielding maize verities and raising a healthy crop for enhancing production and productivity of the crop.

The farmers school was organized under the supervision of Chief Agriculture officer, Jammu and District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu with the cooperation of Mr. SK Garyali (JEO) and Mr. Sanyog Kotru (Research Assistant).

Revisiting of SREP under ATMA

A meeting of National Mission for Agriculture Extension & Technology (NMAET) of Jammu district was held in the District Agriculture Complex Jammu under the chairmanship of Vinod Ganjoo, District Agriculture Officer (Ext.).

The master trainers Ramesh Misri & Avinash Peer imparted the training and held be detailed discussion with the filed staff (ATM'S) of NMAET for revisiting and preparing of SREP of ATMA in Jammu district.

Total number of four Agro Ecological Situations (AES)were selected for conducting the curvey for preparation of SREP. Among other who were present in the meeting include V.S.Verma, Project Director (ATMA) B.B. Sidha Dy. Project Director (ATMA) and Mr. Nikhil Gupta, Computer programmer.

Agriculture Deptt organises farm school on rice

The second sequential meeting of farm school on rice crop was held in the village Jinder Melu in RS Pura, a traditionally basmati growing belt of Jammu region.

Such meetings of the school have been envisaged to be held throughout the cropping season of rice by Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) under National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET). The farm school is being organised by District Agriculture Officer (Extension), Jammu under the supervision of S K Garyali (AEO) and Sanyog Kotru Research Assistant.

A group of twenty five progressive farmers of the area were educated about different time bound agricultural operations to be adopted for avoiding yield losses by various factors and enhancing production and productivity thereby increasing farm income. Dr V S Verma, Project Director (ATMA) educated the farmers about various plant protection measures to be adopted for managing insect pests and diseases prevalent in the crop. He also warned the farmers about the forthcoming threat to rice crop by a variety of harmful pests and diseases in the near future and suggested measures to protect the crop.

Ravinder Kachroo, Dy. Project Director (ATMA) educated the farmers about various intercultural operations, top-dressing by urea and weeding of rice crop for increasing grain yield swelling farmer's purse.

Sham Gorkha, the achiever farmer of the Farm School, who has been decorated with various national as well as state awards, appreciated the efforts of Agriculture Department for providing time-to-time farm advisory to rice growers of the area for enhancing grain yield and increasing farm income providing economic security to the farmers. He also exhorted the farmers for adoption of the latest technical advisory provided by the experts of ATMA as well as Agriculture Department.

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