Farmers benefit from KBPH campaigns

NAMSAI, 26 Apr: Altogether 146 farmers and farmwomen from Podumoni, Mahaloni, Juna-IV, Juna-III, Lathao, Menkang Khamti, Lekang Khamti and Wagon-I villages attended a two-day ‘critical input distribution-cum-training programme’ organised by the Namsai KVK here under the ‘Kisan Bharidari Prathmikta Hamari’ (KBPH) campaign.

During the programme, which concluded on Tuesday, KVK Head Dr Debasis Sasmal provided information about natural farming, while Barapani (Meghalaya)-based ICAR NEH Region Director Dr VK Mishra explained “the importance of farming for self-sufficient and value addition of the product for marketing purpose.”

He advised the farmers and farmwomen to adopt mechanisation in farming system, micro irrigation, protected cultivation, etc.

Plant protection scientist Dr Madhumita Sonowal Bora and animal science expert Dr Binod Dutta Borah taught the participants about scientific cultivation of ginger, and scientific pig farming.

Fifty piglets, 2,000 poultry chicks, 2.5 tonnes of poultry and pig feed, polyhouse sheets, black mulching sheets, sprayers, vegetables seeds, maize and weeders were distributed among the participants.

In Tirap district, 317 farmers benefitted from a ‘kisan mela’ organised by the Tirap KVK in Deomali as part of the KBPH campaign.

Tirap ATMA Director P Khosia highlighted the objectives of the mela, and enumerated the ongoing schemes and sub-schemes in the agriculture and allied departments.

Karnataka Agro Company area manager Kalyan Purkastha spoke on organic farming and the different bio-products of the company.

Soha ZPM Sam Korak urged the farmers to adopt and apply technical knowledge in agriculture and horticulture production.

Deomali CO Balban suggested to the farmers to “opt poultry farming, piggery farming, etc, for the upliftment of the society.”

Agronomy scientist Dr SK Kalita made a presentation on “scientific approaches in cultivation of millets, pulse and oilseed crops and value addition in millet and oilseeds.”

Horticulture scientist Abhimanyu Chaturvedi made a presentation on the “importance and scope of bio-fortified crops and suitable bio-fortified varieties of different crops,” while plant protection scientist Pura Hano made a presentation on natural farming.

The Anjaw KVK also organised a kisan mela in Khupa under the KBPH campaign on Tuesday. A total of 225 farmers benefitted from the programme, at the end of which bio-fortified paddy and vegetable seeds were distributed to the participants.

In Papum Pare district, the KVK organised a kisan mela under the KBPH campaign in Karsingsa. About 179 participants, including panchayat leaders, members of women cooperative societies and women SHGs, young entrepreneurs, and farmers from Jumi, Ganga, Kolam, Amaba, Banderdewa, Karsingsa, Lekhi and Nirjuli areas, besides NERIST staff and students from RGCU, Doimukh, attended the event.

In Lower Dibang Valley district, around 100 farmers participated in the KBPH celebration at the KVK in Balek. (With DIPRO input)