Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J), on Friday organised one-day training programme on the importance of under-utilised fruits for human health benefits for rural women and unemployed youth here.
The programme was orgainsed under Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) DST, New Delhi project entitled 'Exploitation of under-utilised fruits of Kandi areas of Jammu region through value addition for human resource development' at Rainfed Research Sub Station For Sub Tropical Fruits (RRSS), Raya.
The programme was aimed at cultivation, consumption and utilisation of various under-utilised minor fruits like aonla, ber, phalsa, karonda, jamun, custard apple, Jack fruit, etc. As these fruits could be well grown even under drought conditions and are well suited in these areas. In this training, about 45 rural farm women and unemployed youth from Raya and surrounding villages participated.
Neeraj Gupta, principal investigator, SERB DST project, gave details regarding the importance of various under-utilised minor fruits, their techniques, full package and practices for their cultivation especially under rainfed areas.
Gupta imparted knowledge on various value added products to the participants that can be developed from various under-utilised minor fruits, which could help the rural women and unemployed youth to start small house hold units to earn their livelihood and thus the fruits could be made available throughout the year.
The participants were stressed upon to establish the orchards of the minor fruits as the seedlings are available with RRSS, Raya.
The unemployed youth and farm women were emphasised to start their own house hold units by starting these types of value addition techniques to make these fruits available throughout the year.