The department of agriculture Dimapur district launched a season long Integrated Pest Management (IPM) training on winter vegetable on November 12 at Domokhia village. The IPM training programme would continue till harvest of the crop and would cover 50 hectares of winter vegetables.In a key note address, DAO, Nguzonyi Wetsah explained that keeping in view of the government strategy set for “Vision 2020 – Food for all”, the department has taken up IPM as an important component and aimed at training farmers with new technology of IPM so as to produce ‘safe food’ by controlling insect pest through natural way without using pesticides. He also informed an innovative indigenous knowledge technology (IKT) to farmer participants to use king chilli (Raja Mircha) solution which can control almost all vegetable insect pests and diseases.
Meanwhile, he also warned farmers not to apply banned agriculture pesticides such as DDT, Aldrin, BHC etc., in any case for crop protection as it was extremely poisonous for humans as well as animal health.
Resource person, Bendanglila, APP, delivered a topic on “Importance of IPM on Winter Vegetables”.