Chief consultant, Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) Dr S P Gosh said marketing was a major problem for the farmers in the state. He was speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function of the second batch for training on ‘Protected Cultivation’ at SASRD Auditorium, Medzhiphema on Tuesday which was attended by a total of 28 farmers from Dimapur, Mokokchung, Phek, Wokha and Mon district.
Explaining about protected cultivation, Dr Gosh stated that it was a way where plants were grown in a controlled environment and at the same time pointed out that demand for quality and off-season vegetables had increased. He also urged the participants to make the cropping system more sustainable. Meanwhile he also pointed out the Pune has the best site for protected cultivation. It may be mentioned that both the resource persons of the training programme Ravindra Deshmukh and Amol Bhong are from the Horticulture Training Centre (HTC), Pune which specializes in protected cultivation. Later, he stated that the participants should pose the problems first to the resource persons and try to take maximum benefit from the training.
Director, CIH, Dr Akali Sema who chaired the programme called upon participants to actively take part in the training and also urged all participants to attend the field visit. Dr Akali also informed programmes’ were conducted under Technology Mission of Northeast (TMNE) which was a one time opportunity. She requested participants not to just hear but interact and remain focused during the four day training.
Earlier Technical Consultant, CIH, Ethel Ngullie informed that the training was organized by CIH in collaboration with state Horticulture department and HTC, Pune in order to train the farmers of the state on protected cultivation. She also disclosed that the same training was conducted for banana farmers in Nagaland and cashew farmers in Assam with great success. She also urged the participants to revive horticulture farming through protected cultivation. Later Technical Consultant, CIH, Arvind Singh delivered the vote of thanks.