Farmer participants with resource persons during the launch of Food Security Group and demonstration on maize held at P. Khel Kohima Village.
Kohima, April 22 (MExN): Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Kohima launched a Food Security Group (FSG) comprising of ten women farmers at P. Khel Kohima Village on April 21.
The purpose of the FSG is to encourage the women farmers to take up kitchen gardening to become self-sustaining and to secure food security for themselves and their families.
ATMA Kohima Block Technology Manager (BTM), Dr Khriengunuo explained the role and functions of an FSG, stated a press note received here.
For the technical part, two demonstrations on maize cultivation and mixed cropping were conducted by Assistant Technology Manager Rokotonuo Phira.
The demonstration on maize was conducted using the HQPM-1 and HQPM-5 of maize, both of which are found to be rich in protein and suitable for the climate in Nagaland while at the same time resistant to certain strains of bacteria and virus respectively as established by Agricultural Research Scientists.
The farmers were taught on line sowing and spacing requirements which remains a crucial practice yet to be taken up by a lot of farmers despite its simplicity.
They were also encouraged to go for mixed cropping of maize with beans, soyabean and beans in this season to yield more benefit. Altogether, ten women farmers and the Farmer Friend of P. Khel, Kohima Village attended the programme.