Palampur: Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated a month long training program on the job role “Dairy farmer-Entrepreneur” at Dr. G.C. Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. While addressing trainees and scientists, the Vice-Chancellor said that to be successful in any avocation, practical knowledge of scientific techniques and skills were must in this era. He told that Governments of India and Himachal Pradesh were helping farmers by various programmes including sponsoring professional trainings.
He asked the farmers to learn every aspect of dairy farming carefully as their skills will be evaluated by an independent agency after a month long training and successful trainees will be awarded certificates useful for obtaining bank loans, etc. The Vice-Chancellor also appreciated the ladies and young qualified farmers from faraway places for voluntarily taking part in the training and expressed the hope that such trainees will also extend newly acquired skills among other villagers of their areas. Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial asked the trainees to be in touch with university scientists and specialists for further guidance and solving their farm related problems. He appreciated the university scientists for helping in getting ‘Himachali Pahari’ cattle registered.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS, as guest of honour asked the farmers to learn the skills of dairy farming to be a successful entrepreneur as there was huge demand of milk in the State. He said that the governments were making massive efforts to double the income of farmers and such trainings could help to achieve this. He also elaborated on the importance of rearing ‘Himachali Pahari’ cattle.
Dr. Yash Pal Thakur, Director of Extension Education, told that sixteen trainings on farm based avocations, including this one, have been sponsored by the Agricultural Skill Council of India.He also elaborated on the importance of dairy farming which has been an important component of integrated farming since ages.Dr A.K.Panda, Head, Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension Education, Dr. Manoj Sharma, Course Director and Dr. Devesh Thakur, Co-course Director informed that among twenty trainees, most were qualified persons including engineers and ex-servicemen. Shri Jeet Ram Kaundal, Secretary, Kamdhenu Milk Cooperative Society, Namhol (Bilaspur) shared his successful experiences in milk production and marketing. Drs R.K.Agnihotri, Dean Post Graduate Studies; Ashwani Basandrai, Dean College of Agriculture; Dinesh Kumar Vatsa, Director of Research; Vipin Kumar Gupta, Students’ Welfare Officer; Ar. Suman Sharma, Estate Officer; Heads of Department and scientists and some students also attended the inaugural ceremony.