Medziphema, October 27 (MExN): With a major focus being extensively on agri entrepreneurship and agri marketing, State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) organised a three days trainers’ training programme on ‘agricultural marketing & micro finance’ from October 24 to 26.
The training was given to ATMA Block Technology Managers (BTM) and Inspectors from Agri and Allied Departments with a motive to help equip all stakeholders with better skills to promote better marketing of agri and allied supplies.
Resource persons for the training program were Dr. Amod Sharma, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, NU SASRD; Uttam Das, Assistant Manager (credit), SBI Medziphema ADB. Branch; Dr. Watimongla Jamir, Vice Principal, IETC; Alet Hangsing, Joint Director (Marketing), Department of Agriculture, Kohima; Prabin Das, Marketing Specialist, Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema; Sanjoy Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, NU SASRD and Dr. I. Amenla, Director SAMETI & Principal IETC.
The training course covered detailed theoretical and practical sessions on Agriculture, Agri.-Business and Innovation; Value Chain Approach: An overview; Agri. Watch: An Overview; Risks and Risk Management in Agriculture; Kisan Credit Card (KCC); Status Of Agricultural Marketing in the State; Marketing Acts and Future Trading in the Context of Nagaland; Marketing of Horticultural Crops; Concept of Marketing Management; Economic Feasibility test & Credit Proposal and Agricultural Crop Insurance.
The training included an exposure field visit to PRISTINE’S Food processing unit which is an emerging food processing unit that produces processed fruits and vegetables such as ginger candy, candied citrus peel, dried gooseberry, assorted fruit candies, ginger powder etc. The trainees also visited PRISTINE’S piggery unit located at the farm where they were appraised on the importance of piggery management.
The valedictory function was chaired by Sentinaro Longchar, DPD SAMETI, while feedback on the training was given by Mapusenla Jamir, HEA, Mokokchung and Machamo Ngullie, BTM, Mon district. Dr. I. Amenla, SAMETI Director in her valedictory address stated that it is the need of the time to tune up the agriculture marketing of the state to enable the farmers face the new challenges and reap the opportunities as well.
A press note issued by Director, SAMETI & Principal IETC Medziphema stated that the training saw a good turnout of participants from all districts of the state and concluded with distribution of certificates and training handout to the trainees by Dr. Beremjungla, Lecturer & Incharge Bio Control Laboratory, while vote of thanks was pronounced Tiajungla Longchar, DPD SAMETI.