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Rodent control campaign to increase food productivity
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jun 11 (NPN):
Published on 12 Jun. 2010 1:08 AM IST
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A one-day campaign to educate the farmers in rodent awareness techniques was held at ATMA training hall, DAO’s office Dimapur Friday with Sedevikho Khro, ADC Dimapur as the chief guest and Jacob Yanthan SDO (Store) Agri as resources person.
The chief guest in his exhortation to the farmers urged them to make use of the training provided by the agriculture department to yield results by putting the various techniques to practice.
He also said that balance with the environment was an important factor for production.
In his key note address, Additional Director Agriculture, Z. Kikon brief the gathering on how outbreak of rodent could damage the crops thus affecting the food productivity in the state.
Touching on bamboo flowering, he said flowering occurred once in every 18 to 50 years depending on the bamboo species which in turn could cause famine like situation.
Having rich bamboo belts in Nagaland especially in the foothills, Z. Kikon said bamboo seeds, which contained rich carbohydrate and nutritious helped the rodents to reproduce drastically.
He said though the rodent awareness programme was officially launched in 1999, intensive campaign was carried out in 2008 in Peren district where rodent attack poses serious threat to the farmers.
The rodent outbreak was controlled with central assistance. In May 2010, Mokokchung district was badly affected and intensive programme such as awareness creation (training), survey of bamboo flowering, surveillance of rodents, mechanical control measures such as trap with special emphasis on local innovation and chemical control were used.
The chief guest, while questioning the farmers on the misuse of benefits, funds, trainings being provided by the government, he urged them to make use of the various facilities, funds provided by the government in increasing the productivity of the crops in the state.
Khro also urged the farmers to take initiatives in using other natural resources and method of cultivation apart from the paddy cultivation so that the society can stand even if famine or drought situation arises in the state due to various natural factors.
Z. Kikon also urged the department officials to improve the reporting system on rodent outbreak.
The resource persons SDO (store) Jacob Yanthan stressed on the rodent pest management and its control measures using various innovation techniques and methods.
Earlier DAO Dimapur, Nguzonyi Wetsah describes rodents as the most destructive pest in agriculture crops, go downs, household. Stating that there are as many as 1700 species of rodents, he said that rodent outbreak has often been associated with bamboo flowering which feeds on bamboo seeds which has high nutritive contains thus making them prolific breeders.
Stating that no bamboo flowering was noticed in 2009, the surveillance is in the process in many parts of the district.
Altogether 42 farmers from various part of the district participated in the training programme.

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