Saturday, April 1, 2023

Tuensang & Phek farmers trained on natural farming

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Tuensang in collaboration with SAMETI Nagaland & MANAGE Hyderabad organised webinars on the theme “awareness programme for gram pradhans on natural farming” for the farming community of Tuensang and Phek districts on Monday.
The ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has initiated an awareness programme for “gram pradhans” by organising 750 online programmes across the country. The purpose of the awareness programme was to sensitised farmers on “natural farming” and to associate one village of every panchayat with natural farming.
Tuensang: In Tuensang, the webinar was conducted with deputy director, department of Agriculture, Bodevi Shuya as master trainer, who conducted a training on the principles of natural farming.
In a press release, ATM Tuensang informed that Bodevi highlighted the importance of farm field as a source of organic matter and spoke on the usage of indigenous seed, bio stimulants as catalyst.
Integration of livestock was also discussed. Meanwhile, resource person SRF, KVK Tuensang Watisenla Imsong trained the participants on integrated nutrient management.
She spoke on plant nutrient supply at an optimum level for sustaining the desired productivity through optimisation of the benefits from organic, inorganic and biological components in an integrated manner.
At the webinar, keynote address was delivered by A.O Longkhim, Thritiba Sangtam and introduction to natural farming was presented by ATM Tiyongnaro.
Later, a group interaction among the participants and trainees were conducted.
Altogether, 102 participants attended the webinar.
Phek: ATMA Phek district organised the webinar with Bodevi Shuya as master trainer.
In a press release, ATMA Phek informed that the trainer gave a detailed presentation on “introduction & principal of natural farming”.
Meanwhile, topic on “agroforestry: To enhance farmers income” was delivered by ACTO (Agronomy) KVK, Phek, Dr. Hannah K. Asangla.
The lectures were followed by brief presentation from Ngongo Domeh, Zelome Village and Nusato Rhakho, Khulazu Bawe on their experiences on farming using natural methods.
A short presentation on “pest management in natural farming” was presented by assistant technology manager (ATM), Mekrulou Mero, Chizami block. Discussion with participants and queries on different aspects of natural farming was also conducted after programme.
The programme was facilitated by block technology manager (BTM), Zevosenuo Rutsa, Chizami block and welcome address was delivered by deputy district agriculture officer, Lisütho.
DPO and PD ATMA Phek, Levi Bennet delivered the keynote address and vote of thanks was proposed by deputy project director, ATMA Phek, Vinoka Y. Kiba. Altogether, 104 participants attended the programme.

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