: With an aim to boost crop production and mechanization of farming in hilly areas, an exhibition cum demonstration on mini power machineries is in progress at DAO office, LRC colony.
Gracing the inaugural programme as chief guest, recently appointed director of agriculture, A Y Ovung lauded the efforts of the staff for taking up the initiative to provide the advantage of technology to the farmers.
Averring that mechanized farming would certainly enhance crop production and productivity, Ovung added that the introduction of mini power machineries would go a long way in addressing the needs of farmers especially in hilly tracts.
He also called upon the AFAs of the department to educate the farmers on the machineries so that the vision document of the department, ‘Food for all by 2020’, would also be fulfilled.
The Agri director also called for implementing terrace farming style followed by the Chakhesang and Angamis in all the districts of the state, stating that it gave more production and helped in maintaining ecological balance.
Asserting that land was fixed, Ovung urged the farmers to adopt the latest technology in farming, follow double cropping and high yielding and drought resistant crops.
Meanwhile, he also called for coordination among the agri and allied departments.
Giving out a brief introduction on the importance of mini power machineries, Sanjeev Ojha of Maxtone Petrochemicals, Kolkata informed that with 4 to 5 Horse Power, the light weight machines were durable for hilly terrains.
Ojha also demonstrated the use of Agrisorb (Potassium Acrylate), a bio-degradable chemical which can be used to retain water for the plant to utilize during drought seasons. The exposition will be held till March 18.