‘Modern agriculture should be technology oriented’

CHONGKHAM, Jun 23: “Modern agriculture should be technology oriented; not labour oriented”, said Environment and Forest Parliamentary Secretary Chow Tewa Mein during a training and input distribution programme at Gunanagar-II village of Chongkham circle on Saturday.
Mein, who is also the local MLA, encouraged farmers with success stories of other states and asked them to utilise the benefits of government schemes. He also described short term and long term agricultural practices for efficient income generation round the year.
Kolkata Directorate of Jute & Development Director, Dr K Manoharan explained the various activities performed by the government for the benefit of the farmers, while Namsai Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma informed about all the schemes implemented by agriculture and allied departments in the district.
Itanagar branch NABARDAGM, Dr Kamal Roy briefed about the different agricultural projects and central and state government sponsored schemes that are funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
He also emphasised on creation of producers’ organization and asked the KVK to take initiative.
Namsai KVK Subject Matter Specialist imparted training and discussed about different topics of their interest, including micro irrigation, vermicompost preparation, bee keeping, mushroom production, etc and also demonstrated agricultural implements.
Officers of respective departments also spoke on their ongoing projects and asked farmers to take benefits from those schemes.
Later, the Agriculture department distributed soybean seeds and sprayers to 76 beneficiaries out of the 114 beneficiaries that participated in the programme.
The programme was organized by KVK, Namsai district with allied departments.