A one-day campaign on rodent incidence and its management practices was organized by district agriculture office, Phek at SIRD, Conference Hall, Phek Town on July 3 with O. Isaac Jamir, additional deputy commissioner as chief guest and Remphamo, SDAO Tizit as master trainer.
The chief guest in his speech lauded the department of agriculture for conducting the awareness campaign and expressed satisfaction that large number of women attended the programme as they played an important role in agriculture.
In his key note address, joint director, directorate of agriculture, T. R. Yanthan said despite rapid population growth, agricultural productions had not increased as expected due to many constraints and added that rodents were one of the factors hampering agriculture. Deputy director, agriculture, Dr. Dipek Chetri briefed the importance of rodent management.
SDAO Tizit, Remphamo, emphasized on the importance of preventives measures to avoid unwanted pest outbreak.
Stressing on biological habits of rats, he said that shortage of food for rats was the factor for destruction of other things. He said the pheromones produced by rudimentary glands were used by rodent for communications and added that rodents were neo-phobic requiring pre-baiting for effective control. He also gave details on mechanical, cultural and chemical control measures, followed by an interaction session.
According to Phek district agriculture officer, Imtitemjen, during the interaction, farmers pointed out that so far rodent population outburst was not known in the district and asked the Bamboo Mission Nagaland to avoid supplying bamboos that flower to curb rodent population outburst.