Tribune News Service
Solan, December 29
Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today launched eight skill development programmes in collaboration with Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam (HPKVN).
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between the two institutes to facilitate this collaboration.
Dr Harish Sharma, Programme Coordinator, said trainings would help in human resource development through intensive practical training. The dissemination of technologies to the farming community through region-specific transfer of technology modules will be facilitated, he said.
The seven-day skill development programmes cover fields like food processing and value addition, commercial cultivation of mushrooms, commercial beekeeping, production and processing of medicinal and aromatic plants, commercial floriculture and value addition, canopy management of temperate fruit crops, propagation and nursery management of temperate fruit crops and nursery management of subtropical fruit crops.
Dr Anju Dhiman, Dean, College of Horticulture, informed that the university had set up a Centre for Skill Development in Agriculture and Allied Sciences in collaboration with the HPKVN.
She said 45 basic-level training workshops and 16 masters' level training workshops would be conducted, which would benefit 1,220 farmers from the state.
Dr Saneel Thakur, GM HPKVN, assured of all necessary support to the university and the trainees to start their ventures.
Out of the total 61 trainings, 27 will be held on the main campus at Nauni, eight at the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, and five at College of Horticulture and Forestry, Thunag. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras and the research stations of the university will hold seven and 14 trainings, respectively.
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