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Sensitising Tuophema, Pfutsero farmers on rodent control
Published on 12 Aug. 2009 12:38 AM IST
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The department of Agriculture Kohima district organized a one day awareness campaign on rodent control at Tuophema village covering eight villages of Northern Angami area. More than 130 farmers, officers from KVK Kohima, officers and staff from Agriculture department including Doordarshan Kohima (DDK) team participated. While exhorting the farmers T.R. Yanthan joint director of agriculture department pointed out that farmers were mostly dependant on agriculture and livelihood enterprise and while doing so farmers encountered numerous agricultural enemies. Stating that enemies of agriculture included insect pests and diseases of crops, wild animals and pest birds, calamities such as drought, excess rainfall, landslides, and erosions, Yanthan advised farmers to avail of the program to the fullest. Rongseninla deputy director (plant protection) exhorted the farmers to participate in rodent awareness campaign going on all over the State. The program was mainly conducted to make farmers aware of what consequence would come when danger signs like bamboo flowerings, ecological imbalances due to human excessive manipulation and climate changes were not taken into consideration at right time. Resource person G. Ikuto Zhimomi, District Agriculture Officer, Kohima explained in detail about rodents and its managements specially rats that were a common problem. He further emphasized on efficiency and effectiveness’ of management based on scientific studies of rats behaviour, life and its habitat and characters with which control measures become easier for farmers to adopt. The best option for farmers to control rats either in the fields or at homes were by employing eco-friendly methods like natural control, biological control, cultural method and mechanical methods. He appealed to village authorities to enforce rule of the council by banning hunting, killing of beneficial insects, beneficial birds as predators, beneficial animals etc. to bring back bio-equilibrium. Local traps were also demonstrated to the farmers. Further, Tuophema village council chairman Pfüdulhou Kense thanked the department of Agriculture for conducting relevant training in the village level. He also exhorted farmers by saying that agricultural products of other districts and other neighboring states entering Nagaland which were bought by local farmers in spite of having all resources and potentiality at the state’s disposal was a great shame. He therefore challenged the farmers to be productive and market oriented producers. The Programme was chaired by T D Chiru, APPO and vote of thanks was proposed by Seyievono, Ao. Special highlights of the training included demonstration of live local traps and distribution of Rodenticides to all participants. Pfutsero: The department of agriculture conducted a rodent awareness campaign on August 1, 4 and 6 at Sakraba, Kadia (Kami) and Razeba respectively under Pfutsero sub-division in order to create awareness on outbreak of rodents due to gregarious bamboo flowering. The resource persons during the programme were Sanuzo Neinu, SDAO Pfutsero who deliberated on details of bamboo plants and bamboo flowering which invites rodents through abnormal breeding. He also gave a detailed characteristics, behavior, and management (control methods) of rodents. Others who spoke at the progamme included Hannah K. Asangla (SMS) Agronomy, and Rinku (SMS) horticulture from KVK Porba. Altogether 156 farmer participated in the training. Meanwhile, the farmers have expressed gratitude to the department for conducting the training.

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