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Developing entrepreneurship in horti

Senior ADO, Assam, Dr. B. Kalita, addressing the workshop on entrepreneurship development at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat.
Published on 24 Dec. 2008 1:14 AM IST
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To develop good entrepreneurship skills and also to create awareness on various government policies and financing agencies, a week long workshop on 'entrepreneurship development in selected agriculture and horticulture enterprises' was held at Assam Agriculture University. Organised by Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema in collaboration with Extension Education Institute, AAU, Jorhat, 17 officers from 5 states of North East including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura participated at the workshop that concluded December 20. Various important and relevant topics on the need and role of extension functionaries, establishing of food processing enterprise, promotional programmes and micro-credit to CIGs, women entrepreneurship, medicinal and aromatic plants, off season vegetable production and on project evaluation were delivered by experienced resource persons. The workshop also included practical field visits at AAU horticulture farm, floriculture nurseries besides video show on mushroom cultivation, banana extraction and vermin composting. The participants expressed satisfaction over the learning experience from the workshop and shared their zeal to work more dedicatedly for the betterment of their state. Meanwhile, CIH also organized a three-day workshop -cum- training programme on "Organic Farming and Certification" in collaboration with International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), Bangalore from December 13 to 15 at Naharlagun, Arunachal Pradesh. The main objective of the training programme was to create awareness about organic farming and also the steps involved in certification of the organic products. 35 officers from both agriculture and horticulture department from various districts of Arunachal Pradesh participated in the training programme. The programme was inaugurated by agriculture joint director, J. Padu and horticulture joint director, J. Ratan. CIH technical consultant, Anjani Kumar Singh highlighted the objectives, mandates and programmes of CIH, Nagaland. Senior ADO, Assam, Dr. B. Kalita, D.Borgohain, SNBP Pvt.Ltd, Hyderabad, and project manager, Jaydip Roy were the main resource persons. They deliberated on various important and informative topics including the need and scope of organic agriculture, crop management, soil and nutrient management, pest and disease management, organic certification and marketing. The participants also shared their problems on certification process and on marketing their organic products and also expressed satisfaction over the training programme. Further, central Institute of Horticulture for the first time participated at the India Organic Fair, 2008 and International seminar on Organic Farming which was organized by National Centre for Organic Farming, Gaziabad (UP) from November 27 to 30 at IARI campus New Delhi. The Institute showcased its objectives and mandates and also exhibited the important horticultural crops of NER such as passion fruit, pineapple, king chilli, khasi mandarin, kiwi fruit and ginger. The exhibition stall was visited by eminent personalities including Premila Rani, Assam agriculture minister, agriculture secretary and former DG of ICAR, Dr. Nanda Kumar, Dr.K.L.Chada, horticulture director, union ministry of agriculture, Dr.Ohjha and were impressed by the exhibition put up by the institute. CIH director, Dr.Akali Sema presented lead paper on "Opportunities and Challenges of Organic Farming in NE India" at the International seminar on Organic Farming at Dr. B. P. Pal auditorium, IARI, New Delhi.

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