The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with department of soil and water conservation, conducted training-cum-awareness programme on sustainable post harvest management of vegetables at Pongidong village in Wokha district on Friday.
Addressing the programme, UNDP district project support officer, Kedino Zango said the training would be of significance in Wokha district as there were surplus of vegetable production this season. In order to judiciously optimize surplus production as well as increase the shelf life of the perishable vegetables, the training was initiated, she added.
The UNDP official stated the training would impart technical know-how along with practical demonstration on how to make marketable pickles through seasonal surplus vegetables which otherwise may undergo spoilage. She also added the training would also empower villager to practice various preservation techniques of horticultural produce at the home and micro level.
During the day-long training, resource person and KVK programme assistant, Jessica Dohtong demonstrated on the preservation techniques and technical know-how on pickle making for chilly and cucumber.
A manual booklet, translated in Lotha dialect on pickle making of various vegetables were also distributed to the villagers during the discourse.
Meanwhile, the team conducted training in Wokha and Humtsoe village, including Pongidong village, while on August 17 a similar programme would be conducted at Merapani village and at Bhandari village on August 18. The current initiative is part of the ongoing UNDP- Global Environment Facility programme on “Sustainable land and eco-system management in shifting cultivation areas of Nagaland for ecological and livelihood security”.