Farmers trained in community horticulture

INNAO, 20 Jan: Farmers from Dumba Mossang, Dumba Singpho, Innao Khamti, Innao Singpho and Mudoi villages benefitted from a training programme on ‘Community horticulture project for livelihood generation’, organized here in Changlang district recently.

Funded by the NABARD under the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), the programme was conducted by NGO North East India Committee on Relief and Development (NEICORD).

The project envisages development of 200 wadis (1 acre per beneficiary) of the farmers.

“This ITDP has a period of six years, with the aim to promote livelihood through sustainable agriculture by establishing wadi for plantation of arecanut, pineapple, turmeric, moringa and black pepper for 200 farmers,” the NABARD informed in a release.

NABARD DDM Kamal Roy encouraged the farmers to “start ground-level activities before plantation of horticulture crops.” He highlighted various components of the projects, such as horticulture plantation and maintenance, water resource development, soil conservation, community health awareness programmes, women’s development, capacity building training programmes and other project-related components.

NEICORD technical officer Rajdeep Singha said that “arecanut, pineapple and turmeric varieties selected for cultivation have regular demand from local markets and hence no problems are envisaged in marketing of future wadi produce.”

However, in order to enable the farmers to fetch good returns for their produce, the NEICORD will encourage forming a farmers-producers organization for marketing the produce.

Horticulture Field Assistant MB Mishra explained the “technical parameters of selected horticulture crops for plantation and its management.”