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ATMA training held at Tuensang, Wokha, Satakha
Published on 14 Jul. 2009 1:18 AM IST
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: With an aim to showcase the cardamom project disaster caused due to prolonged moisture stresses and measures to tackle the problems, ATMA farm school at Lemsherurur Large Cardamom project, Tuensang, has conducted its summer class (3rd Session) to more than 30 farmer students. Dr. Moa Walling, DHO and PD ATMA, interacted with the participating farmers and discussed about the damaged caused to the shallow rooted plants due to acute water stress specially on hill slopes and explained that farmers should adopt land shaping in the form of half moon terrace/contour bund, pruning of cardamom tillers bearing spikes before harvest and removal of some healthy tillers so as to maintain root-tillers ratio so that water use efficiency is maximum during moisture stress period. Dr. Moa also explained the importance of water management in both primary and secondary nursery so as to overcome loss of seedlings causing financial disaster to the nurserymen. The cardamom students were demonstrated land shaping procedures, how to prune cardamom tillers bearing spikes, right time and correct procedures for harvesting of cardamom spikes and PHM processes. Earlier, introductory address was delivered by Z. Tsanso, school teacher, and short speech was delivered by Dr. Lanu Jamir, convener, BTT Sangsangyu Block, Tuensang. It may be mentioned that Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is a common platform where seven Agri & allied departments have converged to cater to the farming community about “Extension Reforms” in the state and as such ATMA Farm School at Lemsherurur Large Cardamom project is an On-Farm school where farmers near its vicinity gather to learn need based technology through “Seeing is Believing” approach. Satakha : The inaugural function of Farm Information and Advisory Centre (FIAC) Satakha block, ATMA and rodent management campaign was held on July 9 at SDAO office Satakha with district soil conservation officer and project director, ATMA Zunheboto, Zhekheto Awomi as chief guest. The chief guest in his inaugural speech explained the objective of FIAC where technical expert from agriculture and allied departments would be available in the centre to disseminate the latest technologies and activities to the farmers and urged the farmers to avail the opportunity. The resource person of the training, Viwoto Sumi, BTT member asserted bamboo flowering was the main cause in rodent menace as rodent feeds on bamboo seeds highly nutritive for rodents. He also explained on mechanical, cultural and chemical control measures. District agriculture officer, Zunheboto, Ahovi Sumi briefed the importance of rodent management. All together 36 farmers and four BTT members attended the programme. Wokha: ATMA Wokha organized two day training cum demonstration programme at Sungro range on July 8 and 9 with KVK Wokha programme assistant Lireni Kikon, KVK Wokha SMS horticulture Meghkono Meyase and Wokha AFA Mhalo Tungoe as resource persons where participants were briefed about importance, aims and objectives of SHG, book keeping and record maintenance, enterprises and activities to be taken up by the SHG. Demonstration on squash, jam and pickle making was taken up by KVK Wokha programme assistant Jessica and practical demonstration was carried out by SHG members afterwards. On the second day of the training programme, ATMA Wokha programme coordinator Dr. Mhonchan briefed the farmers about the concept and importance of ATMA. The second part of the technical session discussed plant protection measures on horticulture and agriculture by Lireni. Agri department Wokha APPO Peter Yanthan demonstrated rodent control measures and use of indigenous traps. Altogether 96 farmers and SHG members from three villages attended the programme. Meanwhile, the farmers of the range have expressed gratitude to ATMA Wokha for organizing the programme and equipping the farmers with the latest technical knowledge.

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