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Farmers-scientists interaction
Staff reporter DIMAPUR, DEC 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Dec. 2010 12:26 AM IST
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The North-East Marketing Summit 2010 on issues and challenges in Agri Sector Farmers Scientists interaction session was held on Thursday at the Agri Expo under the theme Agri-horti crops and post harvests management.
In his opening remarks, chairman of the session Dr. S.V. Ngachan, Director ICAR, Barapani, Meghalaya said that a systematic and integrated family system to improve food production was the need of the hour for northeast progressive farmers.
He stressed on the problems of drought conditions mainly due to changes in climatic conditions and said that the agri and allied department would try to take control with the upcoming new technology.
“North East has so much potentials which could be compared with some much advanced countries such as China and other far-east countries’, S.V. Ngachan said while calling upon the NE farmers to make use of the mineral resources in the northeast. During the interactive session, the Kiwi fruit growers from Zunheboto raised a question on how to protect the stem from insects and pest to which expert officers from the department directed them to use themate and theradon medicine to protect the stem.
The orange growers of Arunachal Pradesh questioned on the fruits dropping in marble size and in the final stage to which resource persons clarified that dropping of the fruits was sometimes because of too much rain or less rain.
Kiphire farmers reported that their paddy in most part of the fields were without proper harvest. To this the agricultural experts advised them to grow cool tolerance adjustable paddy seeds in the Kiphire area.
The agri and horti department suggested the farmers of yam growers to cover properly with soil on top in order to protect from beetle insects while farming yam. The maize growers from Mon district also sought the advice on how to protect the maize from irritation to the body by hairy caterpillar and cut worm to which the experts suggested planting marigold flower in order to prevent and check the hairy caterpillar insects.
Farmers from Dimapur, Kiphire, Zunheboto and Peren shared the problems faced by them during the process of cultivation, processing, and marketing and also on availing subsidized loans from various financial houses such as NABARD, SBI, state co-operatives and others.
Clarifying on the distribution of machineries in the state, A.Y Ovung, director department of agriculture, Nagaland said that the machines being distributed were on first-come-first-basis and not through VIP recommendations and quotas.
Panelists during the interaction session included; director agriculture, director soil and water conservation, mission director htm, general manager NABARD, Prof. Alemla Ao, K.A. Pathak joint director ICAR, R. Bhagwati joint director ICAR, Narendra Prakash joint director ICAR, B.C. Deka PS & head horti ICAR, L. Daiho, Assoc. Prof, Pauline Alila Asstt. Prof, B. Sahoo Sci. soil and water conservation, V. Kenny ICAR, Pattanayak head of division of plant breeding ICAR, Akali Sema director CIH, Medziphema.
More than 500 progressive farmers from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland took part in the interactive session.
(With inputs from DIPR)

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