A four day’s programme on ‘Intensive training on improved scientific method of piggery management’ and a three-day ‘Farmers technology transfer programme’ under NABARD support for conducting PLA/PRA programme for members of the farmers club”, were held simultaneously at Changtongya from November 18 to 22.
The two training programmes were implemented by Molung’s Women and Child Welfare Society, Diphupar, Dimapur and sponsored by NABARD, Dimapur.
The training programmes were inaugurated by Changtongya town advisory board member, Imnasukep Longkumer.
Resource persons were from district veterinary and animal husbandry department led by Dr. Longri, FM from Mokokchung.
Imnasukep, speaking at the inaugural function, highlighted on the strategic importance of Changtongya for the rest of the area and people’s difficulties.
He called upon participants as well as intervening agencies to co-operate so that some important landmarks could be achieved and set a development process in motion.
He appreciated the efforts of MWCWS and NABARD in taking steps to bridge the development gaps for the people.
The resource persons provided a comprehensive scientific method of piggery management, from choosing pig varieties for rearing, to housing, cleanliness, nutrition, health care management and disease control to financial management and market management.
The trainees under the “farmers technology transfer programme” worked on identifying different problems that are constraining progress and development.
The trainees also identified technological and knowledge gaps and lastly developed plans for fill the gaps. The resource persons led the trainees to make comprehensive action plans with time lines for each action to be taken.
Two of the most important aspects that needed urgent attention were dismal financial inclusion status of the people of this area since banking institutions have been neglecting a population of over 30 thousand in about 9 villages; and secondly due to absence of technology about 50% of the over 17 thousand quintals of tapioca harvested each year get wasted.