School of Agriculture (SOA) organised an Educational Tour for the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture

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School of Agriculture (SOA) organised an Educational Tour for the students of B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, SemesterV and M.Sc. Ag. (Plant Pathology), Semester I to Soil and Water Conservation Research Farm, Selaqui, Dehradun on 28 September 2022. By combining the Soil and Water Conservation Research, Demonstration, and Training Centers that had been established in the 1950s at Dehradun, Kota, Bellary, Udhagamandalam, Vasad, Agra, and Chandigarh, the ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation (formerly CSWCRTI) was established on April 1st, 1974, with its headquarters in Dehradun. In addition to developing technologies for water harvesting and recycling, the Institute and Research Centres have concentrated on developing strategies for controlling land degradation using a watershed approach, addressing unique issues like ravines, landslides, mine spoils, and torrents, showcasing technologies for popularisation and providing training. Dr. M Shankar gave a brief lecture on the establishment, functioning and objectives of the organization. Later Dr. U.C. Tiwari provided a brief lecture on soil and water conservation. In addition to providing information on groundwater and surface water, groundwater recharge, check dams, etc., he also discussed the dangers of erosion, how to regulate them, the depletion of groundwater, and the dependence of Indian farmers on irrigation and rains. Then students were taken to guava orchards and a micro watershed unit which was maintained by the organization within the campus to show the working. Later students visited the agro-metrology site after finishing their visit to the micro watershed unit. Dr J S Deswal described many instruments that were set up on the scene. Instruments include a double Stevenson screen, an anemometer, a soil temperature recorder, an open pan evaporimeter, a wind vane, and a sunshine recorder. Additionally, the various equipment & tools utilised on agricultural farms were introduced to the students. To preserve soil and facilitate the cultivation of crops, specific machinery is utilised. The farm machinery section included several harvesters, harrows, ploughs, tractors, and dibblers. At last, students were taken to nursery and poly houses. Students observed the grafting method in guava and observed other hybrid and exotic plants in the nursery. Tour ended with many doubts and queries asked by the students which were aptly resolved by Dr Atin Kumar, Dr Sandeep Kumar, Dr Mohsin Ikram and Dr Rachna Juyal.

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