Empowering Farmers: Promoting Sustainable Agriculture Practices through Pesticide Workshop

A one-day workshop focusing on the “Safe and Judicious Use of Pesticides and Application of New Generation Formulations for Crop Protection in Vegetable Crops” was conducted on February 14th at the Auditorium Hall in Kargil. This event was organized by the University of Ladakh in collaboration with the Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology Department of Chemical and Petrochemicals, Government of India.

Kacho Mohammad Ali Khan, Chief Agriculture Officer of Kargil, emphasized the growing need for sustainable agricultural practices among farmers. Dr. Sudeep Mishra, a scientist from IPFT, delivered a comprehensive presentation on the “Analysis and Quality of Organic Pesticide Formulation and Residues.”

Kacho Mohd Feroz, Executive Councillor for Tourism and Revenue of LAHDC Kargil, commended the organizers for arranging the workshop and recommended the Agriculture Department Kargil, University of Ladakh, and IPFT to devise a policy on agriculture to foster significant growth in the sector. He affirmed LAHDC Kargil’s dedication to farmer welfare, stressing the importance of formally recognizing and honoring farmers’ efforts.

Kaneez Fatima, Rector of Kargil Campus at UoL, highlighted the workshop’s purpose of involving progressive farmers in adopting sustainable agricultural practices and promoting responsible pesticide usage. She underscored the significance of agricultural education and its socio-economic ramifications, noting the substantial role women play in the agriculture sector.

The workshop included expert-led sessions on the latest developments in pesticide formulations tailored for vegetable crops. Giriraj Char, a scientist from IPFT, also addressed the audience on “Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.”

The workshop concluded with a call to action for participants to apply the acquired knowledge, contributing to safer and more sustainable agricultural practices in their communities.

Attendees at the workshop included Nawang Tundup, Registrar of UoL; Sonam Wangchuk, Special Secretary to the Vice Chancellor of UoL; Tashi Tundup, Consultant at UoL; resource persons from IPFT; faculty members of UoL; and farmers from across Kargil.

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