It is estimated that an area of 5300 ha. of natural bamboo forest under Mokokchung district are likely to be affected by extensive bamboo flowering of Bambusa pallida (Ashi), which was observed in all the areas covering large tracts of forest areas.
A team of senior officials from Directorate of Agriculture, Kohima undertook a survey and monitoring of bamboo flowering affected area in Mokokchung district on April 20 and 21. The officials from the directorate who participated in a two day farmers technical awareness trainings conducted at Aliba village for three villages and at Watiyim for seven villages apprised farmers of the consequences of bamboo flowering phenomena and plan of action to be undertaken by community itself for control of rodents from the current season onwards. Farmers were advised to be alert.
According to the director of agriculture department Kohima, during the course of discussion with the farmers, it was reported that caterpillars from the bamboo seeds were collected by them and consumed.
The bamboo seeds were similar to wheat seeds which was the main source of food supply for the rodents and other wild animals triggering an increase in the population of wild birds and animals in the areas of bamboo flowering.
The farmers were also encouraged to adopt indigenous methods of control practices for managing the pests in their jhum field.
The department had been monitoring the situation of bamboo flowering in all the districts as the entire North Eastern States has been alerted for bamboo flowering during 2005-2010 by the experts. All DAO’s and sub-divisional officers have been directed to organize the trainings for rodent pest management as per schedule chalked out by the department.
DAO, Mokokchung had already initiated special technical awareness trainings from the month of April 2010 in the affected areas along with distribution of rodenticides to the farmers as the year 2010-2011 will be very crucial for cultivators in the districts as well as for the adjoining areas. In this connection, the director said concerted effort of all the departments will be required to prevent any eventuality. The department has also appealed to all farming community to monitor and survey for rodents in their fields timely and to report for any unusual activities observed to the field officers in their respective areas.