Dimapur, February 13 (MExN): Kisan Ghosthi programme was organized at Hevikhe Village on February 10 for piggery and banana farmers. During the programme, interaction, sharing of technical knowledge and traditional methods between the extension staffs and farmers were witnessed. Dr. Vekuto, VAS, Department of Veterinary & AH highlighted on ‘Pig Feed Management.’
He said that feeding contributes 70-75% of total production cost of the pig farm and therefore should be balanced and economical and also highlighted on the various energy and protein requirements of swine at different stages of growth. Grains- maize, sorghum, oats, other millets, wheat and rice should form the basic ingredients. Protein supplements- oil cakes and fishmeal and meatmeal.
Further, Nzanbemo, HEA, Department of Horticulture spoke on the topic ‘Cultivation practices of banana.’ He said that banana, basically a tropical crop, grows well in a temperature range of 15ºC – 35ºC with relative humidity of 75-85%. Soil for banana should have good drainage, adequate fertility and moisture. He mentioned about various pests like weevil and banana diseases like Sigatoka leaf spot, its symptoms and ways to control it. He emphasized about bagging techniques i.e. to cover the fruits with jute bags during summer and with polythene bags during winter and to do mulching for better yield and quality.
Finally, Kunoto, HEA, Department of Horticulture demonstrated on the planting of round lemon and cited about pit digging of 1 sq ft before 1 week of planting the sapling, spacing, and application of manures, pest management and its marketing value. During the programme chaired by Demalu Hasnusa, BTM, Niuland Block deworming tablets and round lemon saplings were distributed to the participants.