Prog on livelihood improvement of tribal farmers held

LIROMOBA, Nov 19: Around 80 farmers benefitted from a training programme on improving the livelihood of tribal farmers through organic farming and livestock production under the Tribal Sub Plan Project, which was organised here in West Siang district by the ICAR’s Basar (Leparada)-based AP Centre on 18 November.
ICAR AP Centre Joint Director, Dr H Kalita, advised the farmers to adopt scientific production technologies for crops, livestock and poultry to enhance their income. He also emphasized on “off-season vegetable cultivation through low-cost polyhouse, effective utilization of rainwater through jalkundas (micro rainwater harvesting structures), organic manure production through vermicomposting,” and the like.
Dr Kalita also explained the management techniques for insect pests in horticultural and agricultural crops in the mid-hills of Arunachal.
Veterinary Extension Officer Doni Jini delivered a lecture on ‘Management of pig and poultry under climate change scenario in mid-hills of Arunachal Pradesh’, while soil physics scientist Dr Jitendra Kumar delivered a lecture on ‘Soil and water management in sloppy land of Arunachal Pradesh’.
Soil science specialist Dr Ampee Tasung spoke on ‘Soil sampling and nutrient management in horticultural crops in mid-hills of Arunachal Pradesh’.
A farmers-scientists interaction was also held, which was followed by distribution of inputs like agroshade nets, vermibeds, jalkundas, veterinary medicines, and feed supplements.
A demonstration on vaccination for the ‘ranikhet’ disease in poultry birds was also presented for the farmers’ benefit.