Farm Information and Advisory Center (FIAC) Ongpangkong North, ATMA Mokokchung conducted awareness campaign on swine fever on April 27. According to BTT convenor Ongpankong North the epidemic outbreak of the disease had been occurring frequently in many villages causing much harm to the farmers. A total of 60 farmers which included representatives from the village council, womens’ group, church leaders and farmers interest groups (Piggery) took part in the programme. District Veterinary Officer Dr Meren pointed out the economic importance of Livestock with special reference to swine production and the importance of Swine fever in a production system.
The resource person for the programme Dr. Longri gave a power point presentation on all important aspects of Swine fever- causes, mode of transmission, signs, post mortem lesions and the general management of the disease.
He made it clear that a concerted participatory effort of the farmers, the village administration, the district administration and the department of veterinary was the key to prevention and minimizing the losses due to Swine Fever. Some good management practices which he pointed for the swine rearers included total avoidance of pork scrapings and washings in feeds, proper cooking of all feeds, timely intimation on occurrence of disease to the village authorities and the department of Veterinary and proper disposal of carcass.
During the programme Hoardings to be displayed at strategic points in all the ten villages of Ongpangkong North Block were given to the village representatives. In another programme a Demonstration on Green Manuring (using Diancha) in Terraced Rice Cultivation (TRC) was conducted on April 30 at Chuchuyimpang for TRC paddy cultivators.
The method of sowing danchia seeds was demonstrated and the trainees were also provided with seeds to be used in their own fields. 23 farmers participated in the demonstration.