With the objective to improve the production of horticultural crops, a three- day training for horticulturists organised by Central Institute of Agriculture (CIH), Medziphema was inaugurated by Commissioner & Secretary (Horticulture), Sentiyanger (IAS) on Tuesday. The training is being held at NCR, Jharnapani with participation of five horticulture officers each from Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, three from Mizoram, two from Meghalaya, one from Assam while 39 from agriculture, horticulture and other allied departments of Nagaland.
Director, CIH, Nagaland Dr. Akali Sema, in her speech welcomed all participants and stressed on importance of the training especially the field visits while Prof D Sanyal, CIHAB, Sriniketan, West Bengal, spoke on behalf of the resource persons. The Professor, who earlier served at SASRD, NU, stated that all north eastern states had immense potential to earn revenues through horticulture and even the topography was suited for horticulture. While lamenting on the poor yield per hectare of the state, which was not even half the yield per hectare of some states in the country, the chief guest praised the departments for expanding the areas under cultivation. He also stated that production of rice through jhumming in Nagaland was almost double the market price with the yield per hectare being very low. Chief guest also exhorted the participants by saying that, “it is not important how much learn but how much you reach out to the farmers.” He also urged them to teach improved method and technologies and take a keen interest in the training. Earlier Ethel Ngullie, Technical Consultant, CIH informed the gathering about the training while vote of thanks was given by Meribeni Shitri, Technical Consultant, CIH.
The resource persons for the ongoing training include Dr. Akali Sema, Director CIH, Prof D Sanyal, CIHAB, Sriniketan, West Bengal, Dr Ashok Kumar, Sr. Horticulturist, ICAR, Sikkim, Prof Alemla Ao, Dept. of Entomology, SASRD, NU, Dr Ashok Bhattacharya, department of Plant Pathology, AAU, Jorhat, Dr. Anamika Sharma, Programme Coordinator, KVK, ICAR, Dimapur, Dr C S Maiti, Lecturer, department of Horticulture, SASRD, NU, Ethel Ngullie and Meribeni Shitiri, Technical Consultants, CIH. The topics for the training include improved production technology of fruits on the first day, vegetables on the second and medicinal, aromatic and spices on the third day. Director CIH also further stated the training was organised for horticulturist and other allied departments’ officials so that they could be a master trainer in their own states and also train the farmers in their own respective dialect.