Committed to securing the future of people who depend on agriculture: LG

Committed to securing the future of people who depend on agriculture: LG

TNN agency. Updated: 6/6/2024 12:17:32 AM Front page

‘Environment first’ our vision’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today said the Union Territory Administration is committed to securing the future of 70% of the population dependent on agriculture and allied sectors.
“Today, all facilities and technologies such as drones, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things and blockchain are being made available to enable our youth to realize the potential of agriculture and food processing sector in Jammu Kashmir, LG said after the inauguration of the key infrastructure projects and launched new academic programs of SKUAST Kashmir.
The projects inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor included Shalimar Convention Centre, Kohimaran Hostel and Discovery Building.
He also highlighted the significant contribution of the farming community and all stakeholders involved in agriculture and allied sectors in nation building.
He said the new Discovery Building will provide artificial intelligence and machine learning facilities to students and is crucial to achieving the vision of developing sustainable agricultural technologies to improve farmers’ incomes.
He commended SKUAST Kashmir for adding ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’ to its academic programs and creating an ecosystem of innovations. He said the new UG academic and masters programs launched today will provide a well-trained workforce for agro-based industry and agritourism in the future.
“SKUAST Kashmir is poised to emerge as a ‘Top Innovation Led Farm University’ in the country to transform subsistence and subsistence farming into a technology-driven agro-economy,” he said.
“The university has earned 25 patents and founded 26 startups in the last four years, of which 17 are registered as Pvt. Ltd. Companies. In collaboration with IIT Mandi, SKUAST-K is also starting a B.Tech Artificial Intelligence course from this base year , he noted.
Meanwhile, he is addressing a conference “Our Country, Our Future” on World Environment Day at Sazgaripora, Srinagar. The event was organized by Nigeen Lake Conservation Organization (NLCO).
He emphasized the need for land rehabilitation to address the challenges of land degradation, drought and desertification.
‘Environment First’ is our vision and we are committed to revitalizing the damaged ecosystem. Our collective efforts to combat ecosystem degradation will enhance livelihoods and food security and prevent extreme weather events, LG said.
He called on NGOs, financial institutions, business organizations, volunteers, civil society members and individuals to act as ‘Agents of Change’ and commit to ecological conservation and restoration. Preventing pollution, increasing green cover and conserving natural resources should be our common goals, he said.
On this occasion, LG reiterated the UT administration’s commitment to environmental conservation and promotion of sustainable living. He also spoke about the government’s initiatives and programs aimed at protecting and conserving the rich biodiversity of J&K.
He also set two important goals for citizens: ending the use of single-use plastics and strengthening the waste management system. He also appealed to people living in rural areas to identify such works in their villages that can help restore the ecosystem and prevent land degradation.
The Lieutenant Governor appreciated the contribution of Nigeen Lake Conservation Organization in the transformation of Gilsar-Khushalsar water body and assured the organization of all possible support from the government in its efforts.
An environmental protection pledge was also presented to the people on this occasion. This year, the theme of World Environment Day focuses on land degradation, desertification and drought resilience.