Sher-i-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir conducted five one-day awareness programs across Kashmir on “Soilless cultivation to secure the vegetable demand of the urban and peri-urban population.”

The programs were conducted at Sopore, Anantnag, Pulwama, Tangmarg, and Wadura in collaboration with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). The awareness programs organized by the Division of Vegetable Science, Faculty of Horticulture, are innovative and sustainable farming methods that can help secure the vegetable demand of urban and peri-urban populations. Progressive farmers and youth from rural areas and adjoining areas attended the awareness programs. Every program was targeted at fifty participants comprising rural youth and progressive farmers.

Experts threw light on soilless cultivation methods, which offered numerous advantages that contribute to maximizing yields and promoting sustainability in agriculture. By providing controlled, efficient, and environmentally friendly growing conditions, soilless cultivation has the potential to help meet the growing demand for fresh, nutritious vegetables while reducing the ecological impact of traditional farming, the participants were told.