A one-day district level farmers’ training on rodent pest management was held on June 2 at LTC hall Wokha town with Anthony Ngullie, SDO (Sadar) as chief guest.
Ngullie in his speech stated that farmers had close contact with Agri and Allied departments and district administration to combat rodent problem.
He encouraged them to avail opportunities to have sustainable livelihood in rural areas.
Joint director of agriculture department, T.V Holo said that various control or management practices need to be adopted on community base to control rodent population. Dr. Deepak Chetri, deputy director of Agriculture pointed out that the factors leading to rodent menace was due to disturbance in their natural habitat by human activities.
Resource person for the training, C. Peter Yanthan, APPO Wokha, spoke on technical aspects of rodent habitat, their activities, and various control measures.
Altogether 150 farmers attended the training programme. The training was chaired by Ramo Lotha, District Agriculture Office Wokha. Rodenticides were also distributed to the farmers.
Meanwhile, the department of agriculture organized a one-day district level farmers’ training programme on oilseed and rodent pest management was held at Suruhuto town, Zunheboto district on June 3 with EAC Suruhuto, Phuleshe as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest called upon public and farmers of the area to strive to change from consumer to producer society.
District agricultural officer, Ahovi Sumi who chaired the programme, urged farmers of the area to come out of the cocoon of subsistence traditional farming system to commercial and sustainable farming system. He appealed to the farmers to take advantage of the expertise and resources available with the department within the district to upscale the production and productivity level of agriculture crops. He also stated that farmers were one of the key stakeholders to make the vision 2020 slogan ‘Food for all by 2020’ a reality.
Ad-hoc town committee chairman, Hekhushe Shikhu also exhorted the farmers to be sincere in their profession and expressed gratitude to department for conducting the “much needed” training programme in the area in technical session Hukato Sema, SDAO Satakha spoke on Oilseed production technology and stressed upon farmers to take up crops in commercial scale to boost farm income, while D.K. Chetri, Subject matter specialist under DAO Zunheboto spoke the detail technical aspects of rodent management strategy in the event of rodent outbreak due to widespread gregarious flowering of bamboo in the state. Kivika, AO under Zunheboto (Sadar) proposed vote of thanks.
About sixty farmers including farm women from 12 villages participated in the programme. At the end of the training, rodenticides were also distributed to the farmers free of cost.