A two day training for beneficiaries under livestock development started off on Wednesday at District Veterinary Officer (DVO) Conference Hall, Burma Camp, with a total of 28 beneficiaries turning up for the programme. Out of the total, only three were for poultry while the rest 25 beneficiaries were of piggery. The inaugural programme was chaired by Deputy Director (ICDP), Dimapur, Dr. R Temjen Ao, who also invoked the programme. The resource persons for the training are Deputy Director, Veterinary hospital, Dr Ghokito Zhimo and BTT Convener and VAS (DMC) Dr Inato Zhimo. While the topics for the training includes “Control & prevention of poultry diseases in a commercial poultry farm” and “Care and management of commercial piggery farm”. The second day of the training include demonstration and field visit to state poultry farm, Dimapur and Bright Hope Piggery farm, Aoyimkhum, Dimapur.
Delivering the keynote address, District Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Officer, Dimapur, Dr V. H Shohe, mainly stressed on the import of meat for consumption, which he pointed out, was at maximum. Expressing concern over the issue, the DVO informed that more than Rs 200 crores was spent on it while at the same time he also urged the beneficiaries to take their training seriously so that the problem can be lessened. Explaining about the programme, he also pointed out that the training was mainly for teaching the beneficiaries how to run and manage the farms.
Project Director, ATMA and District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Dimapur, N Wetsah elaborated on the main objectives of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA). One of the success stories of this centrally sponsored project was the co-ordination and co-operation between different Agri and Allied departments, he further added. Stating the economy of the state was land based DAO, called upon beneficiaries to take up their training seriously, which in turn would change in the overall economic development, he added.
It may be mentioned that ATMA is a registered society of key stakeholders involved in agricultural activities for sustainable development in a district by integrating research-extension activities and decentralizing day to day management of agricultural technology system. Later vote of thanks was delivered by Sr. Farm Manager (Poultry) Dr Michio.