Ang: A 10 days Skill Development Training programme titled ‘Training and Pruning in Apple Orchards of District Anantnag’ for master pruners successfully concluded here on Thursday.
The programme was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra Anantnag in collaboration with Department of Horticulture Anantnag, with effect from November 09 to November 19.
The training programme was attended by the Scientists of the Kendra, Horticulture Development Officers, Horticulture technicians of district Anantnag and about 241 master pruners identified across the district by the department of horticulture.
On the occasion, Senior Scientist and Head KVK, Dr Manzoor Ahmad Ganai, highlighted the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in upliftment of farming community and presented main activities carried out during the last few years by the Kendra for economic prosperity of farming community of this district.
Technical expert of the programme and Horticulture Scientist, Dr Bilal Ahmad Pandit discussed threadbare the aims and objectives of training and pruning in apple orchards and future prospectus in improving the quality standards of produce for attaining greater dividends from existing apple industry.
The participants raised different queries and questions regarding training, pruning, fruit-set, fruit drop, alternate bearing etc in traditional as well as high density apple orchards.
The question session was well taken by the Horticulture Scientist and gave on spot deliberations to address the problems being faced by the orchardists.
Soil Science Scientist, Dr Shazia during the training programme focused on the need of soil sampling and its importance in enhancing the quality produce from the established as well as new orchards.
In addition to training on soil health, recommendations on how to augment soil for increasing fertility and productivity were also given.