Progressive orange farmers from Mon, Peren, Niuland, Dimapur, Medziphema, Bade village and New Chumukedima were on Friday trained to rejuvenate the declining mandarin orange orchards in the state.
As far as economy of the state was concerned, mandarin orange would served a great boon to farmers and it was second to pineapple in area production which could be grown in all districts, said the district horticulture officials at an interaction with farmers at training hall, DHO office Green Park, Dimapur.
Horticulture department officials said that during its visit to Lemchalu, Chungtia, Aliba village under Mokokchung district and Tsungki, Chyuiphen, Pongtong villages under Wokha districts it was discovered that orange plantation showed different degrees of decline in mandarin trees due certain factors like undesirable site selection , non- adoption of soil conservation practices, high infestation of insect pests etc.
Taking the symptoms of decline in orange cultivation into account, resource person for the training, district horticulture officer Tuensang Dr. Moa Walling intensively stressed on rejuvenation of mandarin orange plantation. Passionate in his subject, Dr. Walling who hold PhD in citrus and basing on his experience explained to farmers on taking care of the plant, nutritional aspect, insect pest control and disease management.
The process of rejuvenating orange plant required application of fertilizers and step by step tender care from pruning to spraying and from nutrition to water management.
District horticulture officer Peren, Amos equally passionate about orange plantation with his technical know-how's on process of orange cultivation said organic products being in demand, farmers could opt for organic farming that needed lot of attention and hard work. He urged the farmers to put extra effort to achieve optimum income.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by DHO Dimapur Eyongol Natso and vote of thanks was proposed by Lisumo Jami HO Dimapur.