Srinagar December 24 : Directorate of Extension, SKUAST-K celebrated Kisan Samman Diwas today on 24th December, 2022. Prof. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K was the Chief Guest of the event while Prof. Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, Director Extension SKUAST-K was Guest of Honour. Prof. Ashok Kumar, Director Extension, PAU Ludhiana, Prof. H.R. Naik, Director Strategic Planning and Monitoring, SKUAST-K, Scientists of Directorate of Extension, Heads of KVKs along with progressive farmers attended the event. The day started with a cleanliness campaign under Swachata Pakhwada wherein Worthy Director Extension alongwith the scientific staff of Directorate of Extension and Heads of different KVKs participated. On this occasion, Prof. D.M. Makhdoomi highlighted the importance of cleanliness of our surroundings in maintaining good health and hygiene. Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K, Prof. Nazir A. Ganai enlightened the farmers about the importance of this day and briefed them that this day is being celebrated throughout the country in the memory of India’s fifth Prime Minister Shri Chaudhary Charan Singh also a farmer’s leader, who introduced many policies to improve the lives of the Indian farmers. Prof. Nazir A. Ganai congratulated the Directorate of Extension, Heads of KVKs for making the conventional farmers into empowered champion farmers. He further said that all the focus now is on how to battle the lives of all of us and it can be only done by focusing on agriculture and allied sectors. He called upon these empowered farmers to further disseminate the technologies to their fellow farmers and help in their socio-economic uplift. Prof. Nazir A. Gania also talked of Rs 5000 crore policy for holistic development of agriculture and allied sectors in J&K, UT which will augment the income of farming community in this region. Prof. D.M. Makhdoomi, Director Extension SKUAST-K in his address encouraged the farmers to avail the benefits of different farm oriented schemes and programmes and assured them that the Directorate through its KVKs will always be there for every type of help. Prof. Ashok Kumar, Director Extension, PAU Ludhiana while addressing the gathering called upon the Champion Farmers of the University to go for processing of the produce and to develop products with their own brands. Prof. H.R. Naik, Director Strategic Planning and Monitoring, SKUAST-K in his address deliberated upon the various Skill Development and entrepreneurship opportunities offered by MSME. On this occasion, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor also felicitated five sanitation workers for their contribution in maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the University and two media persons for highlighting the achievements of University in Media. The event concluded with the distribution of appreciation certificates and mementos to KVKs and their champion farmers.