Rural youths undergo vocational trg

PASIGHAT, Jan 30: Twenty-five rural youths from across the state participated in a month-long vocational training for vermicompost producers, which concluded here on Tuesday at the College of Horticulture & Forestry, CAU.
Sponsored by the DASD, the programme was a first of its kind to develop skills in the agriculture sector in Northeastern India, with the objective of transforming farmers into successful ‘agripreneurs’.
Attending the valedictory function, CHF Pasighat Dean, Dr AK Pandey assured the participants of all technical assistance in establishing their ventures, especially during the initial phase of production.
The CAU’s Extension Education Director, Prof RK Saha informed the trainees about the scope and opportunity of organic farming in the NE region and how vermicompost is one of the best organic manures.
GoI Extension & Education Affairs coordinator, Prof Jitendra Chouhan called upon the youths to set up business ventures and make a profitable profession out of agriculture. He highlighted that the agriculture & farmers welfare ministry is promoting different ways to double the income of farmers to sustain their livelihood.
CAU Imphal Registrar, Prof KM Singh informed that vermicompost can also play a vital role in organic farming in India. He emphasized on different kinds of bio-pesticides which can be established as subsidiary enterprise along with vermicompost.
Course director Dr Bhanu Prakash Mishra explained the different activities carried out during the 30-day programme, while external evaluator Dr Manish Kanwat spoke on the performance of the trainees.