Dimapur, August 6 (MExN): ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre and ICAR- National Research Centre in Litchi, Muzaffarpur, Bihar jointly organized a three-day training on ‘Good Agricultural Practices in Litchi’ from August 3-5 at the conference hall of ICAR Nagaland centre.
Organized under financial assistance from Tribal Sub Plan and NEH component of the institutes, the training was held as a follow up in connection with the project for promotion of litchi cultivation in Nagaland.
During the training, detailed theoretical and practical sessions were held on litchi cultivation with respect to successful orchard establishment, nursery raising and propagation, canopy management, IPM and IDM and post harvest management by Dr. R.K Patel, Dr. Kuldeep Srivastava, Dr. Alemwati Pongener and Aabon W. Yanthan.
Dr. Azeze Seyie and Ph. Romen Sharma gave a brief presentation on the activities undertaken under the project. Joint Director ICAR- Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Dr. DJ Rajkhowa in his opening remarks highlighted the importance and scope of litchi cultivation and exhorted the trainees to harness the potential of the crop.
Dr. Vishal Nath, Director, ICAR-NRC on Litchi encouraged the farmers to take up the new venture on a large scale in the state and further assured technical assistance from the institute and expansion of the crop to other areas in the near future.
Altogether, 54 farmers from Peren, Dimapur, Kohima and Wokha districts participated in the training. A brochure on ‘Improved technologies in litchi production’ and a leaflet on ‘Month-wise activities for litchi cultivation’ were also released by the Director, ICAR-NRC on Litchi during the programme.