Central Institute of Horticulture, (CIH) Medziphema organized farmers training on “Improved production technology in citrus” at Khehoi village on August 25. The training commenced with a brief opening remark by DHO, Dimapur Eyongol Natso. According to the DHO Nagaland orange tasted much better and was of good quality than those oranges from Nagpur, the National research centre on citrus. He called upon the farmers to be attentive during the training and also to take full advantage from the resource persons. Dr. Akali Sema, Director, CIH briefed the purpose of training. She stated that mandarin was one of the focus fruit crops of the state and the state is known for producing one of the best quality oranges.
The technical session commenced with the topic on the propagation techniques and nursery management and on land preparation, layout and planting by Dr.Akali Sema, director, CIH. She stressed on quality planting material for long and good term establishment of orchard. She explained about the propagation techniques commonly practiced in citrus and emphasized on the important steps involved in raising nursery plants. The practical demonstration on budding operation was shown by A.K.Singh, Technical Consultant, CIH.
Topics on training and pruning, citrus rejuvenation and on general management with regard to nutrient, water and weed management was delivered by Talimeren, HEA, Mokokchung. He also demonstrated practically the training, pruning and on preparation of Bordeaux paste to the participants.
Detailed lecture on the important pest and its control measures was delivered by Akashe, AFA, Dimapur while the disease management was delivered by Tokato, Senior Farm Manager CIH. Puvichono, post harvest technologist, CIH delivered on techniques of harvesting and various steps involved in post harvest management and demonstrated the preparation of lemon juice and jam.
Around 50 orange growers from four villages around Niuland area attended the training.