The State Agriculture Minister Subodh Uniyal exhorted farmers to go for diversification of agriculture and adopting allied sectors for doubling their income. He was speaking as the chief guest at the World Soil Day programme at ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation.
Uniyal highlighted the importance of soil and water conservation in daily life and congratulated the institute for its efforts in this direction.
He cited the example of Israel with high end agriculture technology like drip irrigation and concept of watering only plants which could help saving lot of water and reducing soil pollution.
He also spoke about different schemes by the State Government to improve the condition of farmers.
MLA Harbans Kapoor spoke on importance of utilising proper fertiliser recommendations for increasing farmer’s income.
Agriculture director Gauri Shankar spoke about the importance of soil testing and different nutrient deficiencies in the mountainous areas which need to be dealt with properly. Horticulture director RC Srivastava also expressed his views on the occasion.
The institute director in-charge PR Ojasvi briefed the gathering about the institute’s works and efforts towards soil and water conservation and long relationship of the institute with the farmers.
The farmers were also guided on the use of the soil health card and proper use of fertilisers in the field based on the recommendation provided by the card during the programme.