Participants during the Farmers’ Field School, IPM and rodent management training under RKVY held at a jhum field in Mangkolemba town on June 8.
Mangkolemba, June 8 (MExN): The Department of Agriculture under Mangkolemba conducted a Farmers’ Field School (FFS), IPM and rodent management training under RKVY at a jhum field in Mangkolemba town on June 8.
SDAO, Mangkolemba A. Temsu Aier welcomed the farmers to the training programme, and encouraged them to follow sustainable farming practices. He asked them to minimize the use of chemicals and follow the principles of IPM that was to be taught by the resource persons. He said that IPM techniques have been successful in controlling the crop pest and increasing crop production to a vast extent over the years.
Agriculture inspector Shilu Jamir, was the resource person for the IPM topic. He elaborated to the farmers about the various insect pest and beneficial insects that are present in jhum paddy fields. He explained to the farmers about differentiating the crop pests from the defenders. The farmers were asked to encourage the populations of spiders, wasps, bees, Trichogramma, birds like owls, lady bird beetles etc.
Onglu AOII, spoke on the topic “Rodent Pest Management”. He said that rodent is an important pest of paddy both on and off the field causing losses of 10-20%. The resource person said that various indigeneous traps can be used to bring down the population of rodents. Besides, he also taught them on the right application of Rodenticides, and disposing them off by burying the remaining leftovers deep into the soil alongwith the dead rats.
The training was attended by 26 farmers and the programme was chaired by Masaliba AO II. The programme was followed by free distribution of IPM kits and rodenticides to the farmers.