Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir, (SKUAST-K), inaugurated the “25th Annual Workshop of All India Network Projects on Pesticide Residues” at the Shalimar Campus of the University on July 15th, 2017.

This 2 day Workshop has been organized by SKUAST-K in collaboration with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. He also inaugurated the University’s newly established School of Agricultural Economics and Horti-Business Management; Centre of Excellence in Mountain Ecosystem Management; and Division of Biotechnology within the Campus.

Highlighting the serious challenges confronting our agricultural sector, Governor emphasised the crucial importance of striking a harmonious balance between ensuring food security, food safety and protection of the environment. He observed that it is extremely important to safeguard biodiversity from getting unfavourably affected due to inimical human activities and emphasised that productive agriculture cannot sustain in the absence of environmental balance.

Governor observed that after the advent of the first Green Revolution, the intensive use of fertilizers and excessive exploitation of underground water has led to the emergence of deficiencies in micro nutrients, soil erosion and many other problems. As the country is working to usher in the 2nd Green Revolution it is important that we achieve near perfect balance between food security, food security and environmental balance.