The International Competence Centre for Organic Agriculture (ICCOA), Bangalore in collaboration with department of horticulture, government of Nagaland conducted its 4th phase of organic farmers’ training at SHN, Green Park, Dimapur and Zeme Council Hall, Peren on September 24 and 25 respectively. All beneficiary farmers under Nagaland Organic Growers’ Group (NOGG), from Bade, Tsiphema, Molvom, Radzuphema, Nagwalwa, Gaili, Mhainamtsi villages attended the programme.
It may be mentioned that a total of 133 farmers under Dimapur district and 73 farmers under Peren practice organic farming standards covering an area of 250 ha.
The resource persons for the programme were Pawan Kumar, deputy director, Eyongol, DHO-Dimapur, directorate of horticulture, Govt. of Nagaland, Amos, DHO-Peren, Dr. C. S. Maiti, assistant professor, NU: SASRD, Medziphema; and ICCOA executives.
Pawan Kumar gave an overview of the project and encouraged farmers to work in compliance with the organic norms to get organic certificate at the earliest.
Lanupokyim, principal-IETC, Medziphema covered the historical background of organic farming and told the need of organic agriculture for future benefits. Dr. C S Maiti mainly emphasized on the problems faced by farmers and discussed means and ways to solve their problems.
ICCOA, Bangalore also conducted 3rd phase of training on organic farming and its market prospects under the Organic Cluster Project (OCP), sponsored by department of agriculture, government of Nagaland.
The training was organized from September 20 to 23 at Phek, Wokha, Mokokchung and Kohima districts respectively. All beneficiary farmers under OCP from Sakraba, Wokha, Lungla, N-Longidang, Mokokchung, Longsa, Jakhama, Kignema and Phesama villages attended the training and actively participated in the discussion session.
The resource persons for the programmes were Ringo, SMS, KVK-Porba, Supong, Jr. Plant Breeder-SARS, Seyievonuo, A.O., DAO, Kohima, R. N. Tiwari, assistant manager (projects), ICCOA, Bangalore and Kika Temjen, executive (projects), ICCOA, Bangalore.
At Kohima the training was held at Jakhama village community hall where E.H Lotha, joint director, directorate of agriculture, government of Nagaland and James, A.O.-Organic cell-in-charge also attended the inaugural session.
Lotha spoke on the scope and importance of organic farming in Nagaland and emphasized on the need of organic certification to fetch premium price for agricultural produce.