ATMA functionaries made aware on climate change and its effects on farming in Nagaland

ATMA functionaries made aware on climate change and its effects on farming in Nagaland
Director SAMETI with officers from IETC and participants during the training programme held for ATMA functionaries at SAMETI, Medziphema from September 10 to 12.

 

Medziphema, September 12 (MExN): State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) organised a three days training programme on ‘Capacity building of extension workers on climate smart agriculture’ for ATMA functionaries at SAMETI, Medziphema from September 10 to 12.

 

Director SAMETI, Medziphema in a press release stated that The programme was aimed at sensitising the participants on the pertinent issues of climate change and its effects on farming with special reference to Nagaland. It also covered detailed participatory lectures on how to prepare action plans and utilise natural resources as part of strategies for Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA).

 

Resource persons for the training programme were Dr. I. Amenla, Director SAMETI & Principal IETC, Dr. D.K. Chetri, Joint Director, Department of Agriculture and Dr. Tongpang Longkumer, Professor & Head Department of Agronomy, NU: SASRD. The training programme covered topics on CSA and its characteristics, The future of farming: CSV, Impact of climate change in Nagaland Agriculture, State action plan for climate change, Overview of project implementation, Natural resource management under CSA, Adaptive management of natural resources & climate change/climate risk, Management through sustainable land and water management, Diversification as a part of CSA strategy, Agriculture landscape as a new conservation front, Lack of technology & awareness, District wise action plan on CSA/way forward.

 

A practical exercise on preparation of district wise action plan on CSA/way forward was conducted after the participatory lectures.

 

The valedictory function was chaired by Sentinaro Longchar, DPD SAMETI, while feedback on the training was given by Yanglen Jami, DPD Wokha and Rongsennungla Imchen, DPD Mokokchung. In her valedictory address, Dr. I. Amenla, Director SAMETI & principal IETC reiterated on the importance of starting a CSA momentum in the respective districts by applying the five important strategies- mitigation, food security, sustainability, sustainable production, and adoption. Quoting United Nations Environment Executive Director, Erik Solheim, who said “The bottom line is that we need to step up the ambition and create a momentum” at the recently concluded Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) she urged the trainees to take back the learning experience from the training and implement it at the districts with utmost sincerity. She concluded her speech by encouraging the participants to proactively contribute to India’s mission of reducing emissions by 30-35% in 2030 as stakeholders of CSA.

 

On the whole, the training programme saw a good turnout of participants from all districts of the state and concluded with distribution of certificates to the participants by Dr. Beremjungla, Lecturer IETC & Incharge, Bio-control lab while vote of thanks was pronounced by Tiajungla Longchar, DPD SAMETI.