Multidisciplinary training for extension functionaries commences

PASIGHAT, Jan 15: A 10-day multidisciplinary training programme for extension functionaries of the state on soil testing and organic farming for sustainable agriculture management commenced at the College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF) here on Monday.
In his inaugural address, vegetable scientist Prof SD Warade highlighted the prospects and future of organic farming in Arunachal Pradesh. He stressed the need for soil testing and issuing of soil health cards, besides soil health management, and on the importance of integrated nutrient management for increasing the production and productivity of crops.
Prof Warade advised the participants to promote organic based farmer-friendly technologies in the state. He emphasized the need for organizing such training on regular basis in order to bring more awareness and knowledge among the extension functionaries on the need and importance of promoting organic farming and soil testing for sustainable agriculture.
Central Agriculture University Dean Dr DK Pandey apprised the participants of the different extension activities taken up by the college and the KVK for the benefit of extension functionaries, rural youths and farmers of the state.
He briefed the gathering about the importance of organic farming, soil health management, and the initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare for promotion of organic farming, soil testing and issuing soil health cards.
Earlier, the CHF’s Natural Resources Management HoD Dr P Debnath presented a brief on the objective of organizing the training programme and course contents.
Forty-four participants from all the KVKs, agricultural technology management agency, state agricultural management extension & training institute, gramsewak training centre, and farmers’ training centre, along with the deputy directors of Agriculture department are attending the programme organized by the CHF and the East Siang KVK.