To give a fillip to saffron cultivation in the hilly areas of the district, a three-day training programme for 22 local farmers being organised by the department of agriculture was inaugurated by Udhampur additional district development commissioner Ajay Singh Jamwal on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Jamwal applauded the efforts of the agriculture department in the field of saffron cultivation. He added that diversification of agriculture sector is need of the hour, which will explore new vistas in the field of agriculture and will help in increasing the farmer income.
He said rural hilly areas of the district are backward and saffron is the only cash crop, which can mitigate woes of people and root out drudgery and rural indebtness from their lives.
Jamwal stressed that farmers taking up the training programme should have the opportunity to get themselves acquainted with the latest techniques in saffron cultivation.
Addressing farmers, Kulbushan Singh Sambyal, chief agriculture officer, Udhampur, said agriculture diversification is one of the parameters for increasing the production and productivity, raising farmers' socio-economic status and to make agriculture profession more lucrative.
He added that saffron trials were being held in the district since 2007 at Dudu-Basantgarh, Meer, Panchari, Moungri, Sira and Latti areas and it had yielded good results.
Sambyal added that farmers undergoing training programme will visit the saffron festival at Dussu in Pampore and will have the lecture session on better practices and management of saffron crop.