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Palampur 1 June. Shri Akshay Sood , IAS, Secretary (Finance), Govt of Himachal Pradesh during his visit to CSK H.P. Agriculture University has asked the University to utilize new technologies available at the campus to educate farmers, teachers and students.

Prof. H. K. Chaudhary, Vice Chancellor, apprised the Secretary about major academic, research, extension education and other development activities. Shri Akshay Sood visited Molecular Cytogenetics and Tissue Culture Lab and greatly appreciated the efforts of Prof Chaudhary for developing state of the art research facilities at par with International labs. He said that the potential of speed breeding should be utilized to develop good wheat varieties by reducing the breeding cycle for the benefit of the farming community of State. He also visited horticulture nursery, pilot processing plant and Geo Informatics Centre. The Secretary suggested studying changes in area under tea cultivation in the past three four decades using remote sensing data in Kangra District. He asked the University to develop collaboration with Aryabhata Geo informatics Space Application Centre(AGISAC), Shimla. He also suggested that the faculty and students from other colleges and institutions should be imparted training on GIS and remote sensing on payment basis as it has been proposed under New Education Policy. He said this center should use ISROs products for agricultural activities.

The Secretary also visited veterinary clinics and dairy farm. He asked the University to develop hostel for night stay of farmers bringing indoor patients. In dairy farm, he was apprised of the new technologies like use of All flex based herd management system, sex sorted semen and automatic grooming, etc. The Secretary said that All flex based herd management system be popularized among the farmers through self-help groups or Panchayats. He was happy to see the first female calf born out of use of sex sorted semen. He visited 25 acres Natural Farm and saw products like Jeevamrit prepared using indigenous technology. He also saw the well maintained herd of Desi cow at natural farm.

The Secretary appreciated the University for scrupulously undertaking mandated activities for the benefit of students and farming community of Himachal Pradesh with proven results and technologies.

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