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SKUAST-K to provide training, scientific expertise to Afghanistan for cultivation of golden spice.

Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Kashmir is going to provide scientific expertise, training and skill for saffron cultivation to the scientists and officers of Agriculture Ministry of Afghanistan for saffron cultivation and horticulture.

According to a SKUAST spokesperson, this was discussed between the Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-K, Nazeer Ahmed and Director General of agriculture extension education of the Agriculture Ministry of Afghanistan in Kabul recently. A delegation of the varsity lead by its VC is were in Afghanistan to participatein the three-days 5th National Saffron Conference at Kabul. This conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Government of Afghanistan.

Director General requested the Vice-Chancellor for moving forward for signing of a memorandum of understanding by SKUAST-Kashmir with Agriculture Ministry of Afghanistan for facilitation of trainings and extension of expertise and skill development to extension officers in the field of saffron, horticulture and other fields besides students’ and scientist exchange programme.,” the spokesperson said. “Vice-Chancellor assured them of all possible help in conduct of research on saffron and facilitation of capacity development to extension functionaries and stakeholders of Government of Afghanistan for which a MoU is required under bilateral cooperation.”

VC informed them that necessary measures for signing this MoU will be worked out through Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Government of India, the spokesperson said.

During the saffron conference, VC SKUAST highlighted the importance of quality research conducted on this important crop at the global level and role played by SKUAST-K scientists.  He also assured of all possible help that university could render in extending expertise to the farmers and the departmental personnel in Afghanistan.  A team of officers from Afghanistan had recently visited SKUAST for exploring possible collaborations in this regard.

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