Medziphema, September 1 (MExN): State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) organised a three days training programme on ‘important plant protection measures for agricultural & horticultural crops with respect to Nagaland’ for ATMA functionaries at SAMETI, Medziphema from August 29 to 31.
Taking into account the need for crop management in the current season, the programme was focussed on imparting technical knowledge and skill to the participants through theoretical and practical sessions. ATMA functionaries from all districts of Nagaland attended the training.
Resource persons were Dr. N. Tiameren Ao, Associate Professor & Head, Department of Plant Pathology, NU SASRD; Dr. Narola Pongener and Dr. S. Banik, Assistant Professors, Department of Plant Pathology, NU SASRD; Dr. Pankaj Neog, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, NU SASRD and J. Akato Chishi, Senior Technical Assistant, Department of Entomology, NU SASRD.
The training course covered theoretical and practical sessions on Bio Control Agents and their application for insect pest management; Botanicals and insect pest managements; Insect pests of major fruits and plantation and their management; Insect pests of major vegetables and flowers and their management; Diseases of fruit crops and their management; Diseases of cereals and their management; Diseases of pulse crops and their management.
The valedictory function was chaired by Dr. Ithika C. Swu, DPD SAMETI, while feedback on the training was given by Moanukshi, BTM Mokokchung and Abeni Patton, BTM Wokha.
In her valedictory address, Director SAMETI, Dr. I. Amenla stated that the event of Green Revolution and the increase in food grains had led to the increase in the use of chemical fertilizers and hence, as change agents, she urged the trainees to partake in going back to conserving nature by way of organic farming and leaving a legacy for the future generations. She also cautioned the trainees to be wary while delivering technology so that farmers would be able to adopt what has been transferred.
Exhorting the participants, she stressed on the importance of working hard so that the New India Manthan ‘Sankalp-Se-Siddhi” programme of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 would become a reality both in letter and in spirit.
The training concluded with distribution of certificates by Director SAMETI, while vote of thanks was pronounced by Vikaho Chophi, DPD SAMETI.