Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, Medziphema organized a three day training for farmers on ‘Protected Cultivation’ for beneficiaries of Meghalaya from September 29 at SIRD, Nongster, Meghalaya.
The inaugural programme was chaired by Dr. Akali Sema, Director CIH Medziphema where she highlighted the objectives of the institute and about the training. She called upon the participants to take full advantage of the training programme.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest V.S. Oberoi, Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Government of Meghalaya said horticulture was the major area for people of Meghalaya and also had more number of greenhouses and polyhouses. He stated that size of polyhouses should be minimum which should be profitable and that crop management should be given due importance which in turn must be productive. He further pointed out that already Meghalaya had a big production of anthurium and roses while catching up on the production of carnation, gerbera and lillium and urged upon participants to give emphasis on vegetables grown in polyhouses. The main resource persons were Ravindra Deshmukh and Vishwas jadhav from Horticulture Training Centre, Pune and Arvind Singh and Ethel Ngullie, Technical Consultant, CIH, Medziphema.
During the technical session, important topics on the basics of greenhouse, site selection, greenhouse construction, soil selection, media preparation, sterilization, bed preparation and soil less cultivation, irrigation and fertigation system, cultivation practices of rose, gerbera, carnation and anthurium, broccoli, colored capsicum, cherry tomato and exotic vegetable, harvesting, packaging, marketing and economics of flowers and vegetables were taken up. The participants were taken for field visit to Umsing and Ri-Bhoi district where they were demonstrated practically on bed preparation and cultivation of flowers, bending and pinching operation. 38 officers and growers from different districts of Meghalaya attended the programme.