Palampur : There is need to conserve traditional crop, medicinal and aromatic plant varieties in Lahaul & Spiti, said Prof H.K.Chaudahry Vice-Chancellor, CSK H.P. Agriculture University, while chairing the scientific advisory committee meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kukumseri in Lahaul & Spiti. The Vice-Chancellor said that research and extension activities in the remote and tribal areas will be adequately strengthened. Appreciating the hard working farmers and farm ladies in less accessible and tough areas of the State, the Vice-Chancellor told that two subject matter specialists have been posted recently in the KVK, Kukumseri in addition to fresh appointments of supporting staff.
He directed the staff to organise their major extension activities in the villages in consultation with the progressive farmers. Since farmers of the area were also growing exotic vegetables, the Vice-Chancellor advised that the University released crop varieties be used by the farmers. He asked the scientists to test high-quality hybrids of private companies grown by farmers. “Such hybrids can be included in the package of practices later”, opined Prof Chaudahry. He also asked the scientists to conserve traditional knowledge by recording the information from experienced farmers.
Dr.Y.P.Thakur, Director of Extension Education said that despite tough terrain, the farmers of Lahaul & Spiti were innovative and progressive, The opening of Atal Tunnel will facilitate better marketing facilities for the farmers of this district. Dr.Luv Bhusahn, Extension Specialist presented the progress report and proposed future activities. Dr.Vinod Sharma, Associate Director, Regional Research Station and progressive farmer members also actively took part in the proceedings. District level officers from the development departments including agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, etc. also participated in the meeting.