CVO, Dr. Toshi speaking at the farmer’s workshop organised by ATMA Bhandari in collaboration with Agri & Allied Departments at Community Hall Bhandari on May 2. (DIPR Photo)
Nagaland ATMAs hosts workshop for welfare of farmers
Kohima, May 2 (DIPR): ATMA Kohima block organized Kisan Kalyan Karyashalaya (Farmers Welfare Workshop) under the theme, ‘Doubling of farmers income by 2022’ on May 2 at Hotel Japfu, Kohima with the DC of Kohima, Rajesh Soundararajan, IAS as the special guest.
The programme was chaired by Dr Khriengunuo, BTM, ATMA Kohima Block delivered the keynote address and highlighted the purpose of the programme which is mainly to create awareness about the strategies to be adopted for doubling the farmer’s income.
The DC in his speech stressed on the importance of awareness about the different schemes which is a must for farmers to avail such schemes. He encouraged the farmers to recognize the most suitable activities with potential as per local conditions and take it up.
Four farmers- Penyusielie Suokhrie (Dairy farming), Teisovilie Medom (Vegetable cultivation), Neimehel Neikha (Land development), Kelhou, Multipurpose Co-operative Society (Mixed farming) were awarded for their achievements in agriculture and allied sectors.
Two progressive farmers also shared their experiences. Vithato Nakhro shared about his success story and best practices adopted by him in vegetable and animal rearing. While Neiliehunuo Solo shared her success story on paddy cultivation applying the System of rice intensification (SRI) technique on how it has help her to decrease the labour and increase the yield and motivated her to till her paddy field after a gap of six years.
Officers from Agriculture, Sericulture, Animal husbandry, Horticulture, Fisheries and Soil &Water conservation departments highlighted on the schemes and projects of their respective departments and how farmers can avail such schemes.
The technical session included the “Farmers scientist interaction” for which the resource person was Dr V. Akashe Zhimomi, Senior Scientist & Head, KVK, Kohima. He briefed the farmers on how the Govt is going to go about to achieve the goal of doubling the farmers income. He also interacted with the farmers and answered their queries.
The programme was attended by 82 farmers from 11 villages of Kohima block, officers from Agriculture and allied departments and ATMA functionaries.
Zunheboto: Zunheboto ATMA block organised farmer’s welfare workshop at DC Conference Hall, Zunheboto on May 2 under the theme ‘Doubling of Farmers Income’.
Special guest, SDO (C) Ajit Kumar Ranjan, IAS spoke on the importance of having SHG for generating more income from farming. He encouraged farmers to open bank account for saving the money generated from agricultural products.
While presenting power point, Dr. Rajesh from KVK, NU Lumami said that to double the farmers income, farmers need to shift from mono-crop area to multiple-cropping and by using the HYV for all crops, one can generate more income. He informed the farmers to avail the facilities provided by KVK which can be accessed through online or by phone. He stressed on the importance of using vermi compost in farming in order to have organic food.
Chubatsur Jamir, BTM delivered the key note address. Success story was shared by Kavito Zhimo, Progressive farmer. Dr. Amenla AHO spoke on cultivation of cardamom and Mughato Kiba Extension Agent spoke on sericulture as an alternative source of sustaining livelihood and John Belho ATM delivered the vote of thanks.
Later, the Department of Horticulture distributed vegetable seeds free of cost. Meanwhile, the department of AH&VS organised free health camp/free ARV vaccination, fertility awareness and distribution of medicines at District Veterinary Hospital Zunheboto.
In the programme the Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Toshi said that free health camp and free vaccination is being organised to prevent the premature death of livestock and to generate income from livestock.
Bhandari: Kisan Kalyan Karyashala farmer’s workshop was organised by ATMA Bhandari in collaboration with Agri & Allied Departments at Community Hall Bhandari on May 2.
Tiameren Chang, ADC Bhandari, speaking at the programme stated that organic foods are very important these days and people have sufficient land to feed the whole state but the Lower range Lothas are not hard working. He urged the farmers to overcome laziness and make use of the potential resources, utilize the fertile land and supply the whole area with organic vegetables by the year 2022.
He encouraged them to learn more and survey the land properly and use the suitable seeds for better production, “take pride of your land nowhere in the state of Nagaland is as fertile as the land of the Lothas especially in Bhandari area.” He encouraged the people to avail the scheme provided by the Department of Municipal Affairs- housing for all by the year 2022.
Earlier, welcome address was given by Chumbeni Odyuo, SDO (S&WC) Bhandari. Successful stories of farming on tomato, vegetables, Ginger wereshared by farmers. The resource persons were Tracey Mozhui, ATM, ATMA Bhandari, Tumchobeni Kikon, ATM, ATMA Bhandari, Chumbeni Odyuo SDO (S&WC) BTT convener, ATMA Bhandari. Dr Mhathung. More than 75 farmers attend the workshop programme.