A one day practical training on production technology of horticultural crops for farmers of Niuland and Kuhuboto was conducted at Nihokhu on Thursday, jointly organized by ATMA and Horticulture department Dimapur. Plantation of citrus fruits, banana, pine-apple, cashew-nut, coconut and budding, layering and mulching and a topic on tools and implements were covered during the training. The resource persons for the training were Horticulture Inspector (HI) Temsu, Horticulture Extension Assistant (HEA) Along, Razou and Temjen and Store Keeper Tsicele. District Horticulture Officer (DHO) Dimapur E. Angami along with District Agriculture Officer and Project Director, ATMA, N. Wetsah Dimapur also attended the training.
DHO Dimapur explained about the main purpose of the training session. He pointed out that the training was conducted with the sole aim to stress more on practical and less on theory. DAO and PD, ATMA, Dimapur called for a vision to have food security with the increase of human population in the world. He pointed out that with the land remaining constant, every farmer need to exercise and use land as a resource.
The DAO also called upon the farmers to improvise traditional ways and adopt scientific method and technology for farming. Confirming the fear of a drought like situation in Dimapur, he informed that the entire district was experiencing a rain shadow condition, which one cannot avoid. He also revealed that 40% of paddy fields were still uncultivated and an assessment of the fields has projected less than 50% of production, he added.
DAO urged the participants to eradicate parthenium plants- a poisonous, allergic weed and a threat to human beings and livestock, at any cost.