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Last Updated: May 22, 2015
No. QSD/MC/24 Dated 22 May, 2015
Joint review meeting of ICAR institutes and others at CSKHPAU
Help small & marginal farmers with useful and affordable technologies: Shri Sujan Singh Pathania
Palampur 22 May. Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of Agriculture,MPP & Power, H.P. has exhorted the farm scientists and officers to help small and marginal farmers with useful and affordable technologies. As a Chief Guest, the Minister was addressing around two dozen top officers and scientist of the region during a joint review meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, both farm universities and all departments concerned with agricultural development in Himachal Pradesh at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), here today.
The Minister said that farmers of Himachal Pradesh were small and marginal so they have their own farm related problems like small and scattered land holdings, hilly terrain, rain fed farming, etc. and here the role of farm scientists becomes crucial. The farmers need such technologies which benefitted them and enable them to secure their livelihood and reap rich dividends from rain fed farming. The Minister told that while modern scientific farm technologies were capable of providing economic and nutritional security to the nation yet there was need to earn name and fame at International level by integrating agriculture to other sectors like information technology. He said that varied agro-climatic conditions in the state presented a good example of crop diversification and the farm officers and scientists can add more knowledge and innovations in this area. He also advised more attention towards organic agriculture and poly house farming. He also spoke on the importance of precision farming, organic farming, forecasting of insect-pests and diseases, biotechnology, etc.
Shri Pathania elaborated about various government programmes and schemes to develop farming and secure rural livelihood and assured full support to the concerned departments for doing more work for the welfare of farmers of the region.
Delivering his key note address Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK HPAU and chairman of the meeting, said that Himachal Pradesh was third fastest growing economy of the country due to agriculture, hydel power and tourism. The state was already producing more food than required. By the year 2050, the state would require 14.4 lac tone food grains which it was producing currently. Same was case with vegetable production which was thirty percent more than required. He told that climate change will affect agriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry sector and his university was working to secure interests of farmers under uncertain climate conditions. Dr.K.K.Katoch, said that eighty percent agriculture was rain fed or dependent on irrigation so there was need to take care of such models which facilitate farmers for integrated farming. He elaborated on available farm technology and its effective dissemination, protected cultivation, farm machinery for drudgery reduction, fodder production, water-shed development, fishery production, under utilized crops, organic agriculture, agro-industry, controlling food wastage, etc. He conveyed his gratitude to the Govt. of H.P. for introducing agriculture in 300 schools as a vocational subject and informed that more than 13000 students have enrolled online for entrance test of his University.
Guest of Honour Dr.Vijay Singh Thakur, Vice-Chancellor, Dr.YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan, in his address said that the though the State was known for fruits and vegetables which earn a lot of revenue to H.P. but the productivity was not much. Most of the farmers were small with low land holdings due to geographical reasons. There were 21 farmers with returns over a crore each and 106 farmers with returns of more than Rs. fifty lac each. These achievements were worth emulating. He called for collaborated and concerted efforts among concerned institutions for the common good of farming community.
Dr.N.K.Pathania, Director of Research, CSKHPAU, gave background of the regional meeting and expressed the hope that deliberations will help the farmers, officers and scientist in planning and implementing the recommendations. Dr.P.K.Mishra, Director, Indian Institute of Soil & Water Conservation, Dehradun , who was also member secretary of the meeting, told that the region one comprised J&K, Uttranchal and Himachal Pradesh and all recommendations of such meetings were approved at ICAR level. He thanked the CSKHPAU for hosting the important meeting.
Shri Sujan Singh Pathnania, Minister of Agriculture and Power, released a booklet on Tea insects and their control and a monthly calendar of tea husbandry, both authored by Dr.Parmod Verma and his team. The Minister also released another publication by Dr.PK.Mishra. Drs. Ajay Sharma, J.C.Rana, Gurdev Singh; Directors of Rural Development, Agriculture and Horticulture respectably, around two dozen other senior scientists including head and in- charges of ICAR institutes in Himachal Pradesh and scientists from both farm universities deliberated upon state specific issues pertaining to the development of agriculture and allied sectors in Himachal Pradesh.
Earlier, Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of Agriculture, launched the repository link of online theses in the university library for the benefit of students, teachers and other readers. He also visited Fish Farm and inspected various ongoing activities of the department. Dr. K.K. Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, Dr.S.S.Kanwar, Librarian, Dr.J.C.Rana, Director of Agriculture were also present during the occasions
Views of the dais and participants
The Minster launching online repository in the Library
visiting Fish Farm
Last Updated: May 21, 2015
No. QSD/MC/23 Dated 21 May, 2015
Anti terrorism day observed at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture
Palampur 21 May. Anti terrorism day was observed at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (CSKHPAU), here today.
Mr.Manoj Kumar, Registrar, administered the pledge to staff of Administration block. Pledge taking ceremonies were also held in all colleges, directorates and other officers where concerned deans, directors and statutory officers administered pledge to the staff. The employees took part in the pledge taking ceremonies in full strength. Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, also addressed the staff on this occasion.
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)
Last Updated: May 21, 2015
No. QSD/MC/22 Dated 21 May, 2015
Palampur 21 May. A state level joint review meeting of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, agricultural universities and all departments concerned with agricultural development in Himachal Pradesh will be held on 22 May at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (CSKHPAU).
Shri Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of Agriculture & Power, H.P. will be chief guest and heads of concerned departments and scientist in-charges of ICAR institutes will take part in this high level meeting. Dr.Vijay Singh Thakur, Vice-Chancellor, Dr.YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan; Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, CSK HPAU; Directors of Rural Development, Agriculture and Horticulture will also be participating in addition to around two dozen other top scientists and officers from the State. The experts will deliberate upon state specific issues pertaining to the development of agriculture and allied sectors in Himachal Pradesh.
Last Updated: May 12, 2015
No. QSD/MC/21 Dated 12 May, 2015
Farm Officers' Workshop
Safe food production & value addition in farm produce mantras for good dividends: Dr.K.K.Katoch
Palampur 12 May. A state level agricultural officers' workshop on kharif crops was organized at CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Around two hundred progressive farmers, farm officers from the State Department of Agriculture and the University scientists participated in the daylong workshop and finalized strategies for ensuing Kharif season.
Chief Guest Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, while inaugurating the workshop said that safe food production and value addition in farm produce were mantras for good dividends. He told that the food grains production in the State has increased substantially yet there was need to grow more pulses and oilseed crops. He told that crop diversification has given good results as around seventy two thousand hectare area was under vegetable production but excessive use of insecticides and pesticides must be brought under control. He also advised that soil fertility maps should not be uploaded in jpg format and should be in expendable format for proper use by the farmers and others.
The Vice-Chancellor also underlined the importance of water harvesting and increasing fodder production as there was thirty percent green fodder shortage in Himachal Pradesh. He also welcomed the announcement of Chief Minister to introduce agriculture as a vocational subject in three hundred schools and informed that more than ten thousand applications have been received online for entrance examination of various academic programmes in the University. He directed the Department of Agricultural Engineering to make arrangements for mass production of small farm implements for the farmers. He also asked the Directorate of Extension Education to get feedback from all those sixty eight thousand farmers who were being given farm advisory through mobile SMS service.
Dr.J.C.Rana, Director of Agriculture, H.P elaborated about preparations for the ensuing crop season. He told that Government of India and Govt. of H.P have introduced several innovative schemes for the farming community. Contingency plan for each district has been prepared anticipating deficient monsoons and new crops like tomato, maize, peas, ginger, etc have been brought under crop insurance scheme. Ten centers of excellence will be developed at the cost of Rs. Two crore and a special grant of Rs. Ten crore has been earmarked for marketing. Since funding was performance based so the results should be useful.
Dr.N.K.Pathania, Director of Research, informed about various research achievements of the University. He told that the University was focusing its research on organic agriculture, agro-technology for protected cultivation, soil health and rainfed agriculture . He also informed in detail about the research work in the areas of crop improvement, crop production and protection, soil and water management and seed production. He told that some promising hybrids of maize and varieties of other crops were in pipeline. Dr.Pathania told that 141 research projects worth Rs. 4781 lac were in operation in the University. He also asked the farmers for judicious use of chemicals.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, told that efforts have been made to transmit latest farm technology to the farmers by various extension tools. More than fifteen thousand farmers were benefitted in the trainings on poly house cultivation, mushroom cultivation, soil health , animal husbandry etc. in the last six months. Frontline demonstrations were laid on farmers fields and scientists were also trained in three workshops.
Dr.Gurdev Singh, Director of Horticulture, Drs Desh Raj Chaudhry and V.K.Sharma also addressed the participants. The University scientists informed about on-going activities on the aspects of crop varieties, agronomy, soil and water management, diseases, insect-pest management, farm mechanization, etc. Farm Officers gave district-wise feedback and progressive farmers from various districts of the State also expressed their views on Kharif crops. Dr.P.K.Mehta, Dean, College of Agriculture; Dr. S.P.Sharma, Dean Post Graduate Studies also attended the inaugural ceremony of the farm officers' workshop.
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A view of participants
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Jt.Director(Info & PR)
Last Updated: May 07, 2015
No. QSD/MC/18 Dated 5 May, 2015
Kisan Mela at village Salli
Dr.K.K.Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, asks farmers to grow oilseeds and pulses
Palampur 5 May. CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture
University organized a Kisan Mela at village Salli(Shahpur) around 75 KMS
from here today. In his presidential address, Dr.K.K.Katoch,
Vice-Chancellor, said that crop diversification can play a pivotal role in
increasing the farm income. He said that it was imperative to improve crop
yields to feed the ever increasing population. The government had taken
initiative for this by implementing a massive programme under Rashtriya
Krishi Vikas Yojna which has started yielding very positive results. He
asked the farmers to make use of all such programmes which help them to
adopt modern farming and make their crop yields bountiful.
The Vice-Chancellor said that the state of Himachal Pradesh has traversed a glorious path of agricultural development but there was an urgent need to grow more pulses and oilseed crops. The state was producing adequate vegetables and farm management can give good results. He also asked the farmers to retain their farm land and store irrigation water for critical irrigation of the crops. Dr.K.K.Katoch also advised the farmers to grow new crop varieties and grow safe food by adopting organic agriculture. While elaborating about the advantages of protective cultivation he told that poly house farming can give very good returns. The Vice-Chancellor also touched issues related to conservation of traditional and local different crop varieties and need of rearing milch animals and proper management of dairies.
Dr.K.K.Katoch also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for the proposal to introduce agriculture as a vocational subject in three hundred schools in the State. It will encourage the rural children to pursue agriculture in their higher education. He told that the university was in the process to reserve twenty percent sears in B.Sc.(Agriculture) and B.V.Sc. programmes in the University. He declared that Salli village will be adopted by KVK Kangra and modern farm technology will be introduced in the village. He also conceded to the demand of villagers for front line demonstrations in the area and assured the shepherds to extend university help through veterinary quick response unit in case of any need.
Shri Kewal Singh Pathania, Vice-Chairman, H.P.Forest Corporation, appreciated the university for organizing Kisan Mela in a remote Dhar Kandi area which was dominated by tribal farmers. He said the farmers posses useful traditional knowledge which could be of much use to the scientists. A better coordination between the farmers and scientists was mutually useful to both for the farm development. After adopting crop diversification, the socio economic status of farmers has undergone a sea change. He said that scientists have done wonderful work and the useful technology has been extended by the department of agriculture and other departments.
Shri Pathania, who is also member, Board of Management of the University, said that the country cannot move forward without agriculture and the farming community must make use of all government schemes for their benefit. He also elaborated about various programmes by the government for the benefit of farmers.Shri Pathania also spoke on the utility of marketing and asked the university to extend modern technology by demonstrating the scientific farming of crops like potato and rajmash in the remote villages under Dhar Kandi belt.He also underlined the importance of adopting fish farming. He also thanked the Chief Minister for implementing agriculture as a subject in three hundred schools of H.P.
Dr.Atul, Director of Extension Education, said that the farmers should get in touch with Krishi Vigyan Kendras and research stations of the university all over the State for getting latest farm technology. He also elaborated about various extension education activities for the benefit of farmers. He told that the university will disseminate weather advisory to all those farmers who got themselves registered in the Mela.He underlined the importance of quality seed for increased crop production.
Dr.B.S.Mankotia, Associate Director, Regional Research Station(RRS), Kukumseri(Lahaul & Spiti) told that the Mela has been organised under Tribal Sub Plan and sponsored by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research(ICAR).He told that seeds of Okra(Bhindi), capsicum(Mirch) and mineral mixture for the farm animals was provided free of cost to the farmers. Serrated sickles and some more farm implements were also distributed to the farmers. Dr.S.K.Upadhyay, Programme Coordinator, Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Kangra told that his kVK has also collaborated with RRS to organise the Mela.
Drs.Anil Kumar, Deepika Sood, Neetu Sharma, Sanjiv Sandal, Akhilesh Sharma, Rameshwar, Ajay Srivastva, Sudhir Rana, etc also answered to the told thae questions of the farmers related to their crop related issues. An exhibition was also installed and the farmers took interest in small farm implements and machines displayed by the Deptt of Agricultural engineering. Capt Janmejay Singh and Smt.Radhika Jasrotia, both Member, Research Council of the University, Shri Dev Dutt Sharma, Director Industries, Ms Rekha Chaudhry, BDO and farmers from the surrounding villages like Boh, Drini, Romar, Konal , etc actively participated in the Mela. Officers from the State Deptt of Agriculture, Forests, PWD, IPH, etc also participated in the programme. Some progressive farmers were also honoured on the occasion. Shrimati Samro Devi, Uttam Chand, Jodha Ram and Santosh Chand gave contributions to Sh Kewal Singh Pathania for Chief Ministerís relief fund.
Last Updated: May 06, 2015
Pictures of Kisan Mela at Salli, Kangra
Last Updated: May 05, 2015
No. QSD/MC/17 Dated 4 May, 2015
The announcement of Chief Minister to introduce agriculture subject in schools hailed
Palampur 4 May. The announcement of Shri Virbhadra Singh, Chief Minister, H.P. to introduce agriculture as a vocational course in three hundred schools of the State has been hailed by the Vice-Chancellor and Board of Management(BOM) members of CSK H.P. Agriculture University.
In a statement, Dr.K.K Katoch, Vice-Chancellor, Shri Kewal Singh Pathania and Shri Rakesh Kaushal, both members of BOM, have expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for taking this historic decision which will go in a long way to connect the students with farming. Agriculture being a major avocation of people of the State, especially the rural population, it is imperative to introduce the students to modern technology and knowledge about agriculture. This will encourage the youth to assist their families in scientific farming and increase their family income.
Introduction of agriculture to the young minds will prepare them to seek higher education in this profession and return to their roots after finishing the studies. The Vice-Chancellor and BOM members, while appreciating the decision of the Chief Minister, said that agriculture contributes substantially to the state economy and most of the rural population was engaged in farming and it is essential to engage the youth to modern farming. The decision will create an interest among students about various facets of farming. He assured that his university will assist the Govt. in implementing this decision. Since the University was, already, in the process to reserve twenty percent seats in B.Sc.(Agriculture) and B.V.Sc. for children of farmers, so this decision will also boost the prospects of such children to clear the entrance test and join the University for their graduation.
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Jt. Director (Info & PR)
CSK H.P. Agri.University