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Dimapur highest producer of kharif, rabi vegetables
Published on 18 Mar. 2011 12:23 AM IST
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One day farmers’ field day programme on vegetable IPM was organized by department of agriculture Dimapur district on March 14 at Khughovi village.
DAO & PD (ATMA) N. Wetsah highlighted that Dimapur district produced maximum kharif and rabi vegetables, the whole year through, but rued vegetable growers used chemicals to protect their crop against various pest and diseases, which is poisonous to human beings, livestock and pollut the environment.
He mentioned that farmers should adopt IPM method of pest and disease control and avoid use of banned pesticides like DDT, Aldrin and Thiodan in agriculture lands. He mentioned that the slogan “Food for all 2020” can only be achieved by using improved seeds, right cultivation practices, conservation and soil fertility management by use of bio-fertilizers and growing green manuring crops like dhaincha.
Deputy Director of Agriculture, Kohima Rongseninla spoke on the concept and effectiveness of IPM in controlling different crop pest at different stages, impact of rampant use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides and their hazardous residual effect in human health, livestock, soil, water and environment.
During the interaction session among participants, Ravi, SMS & Robin, SMS from ICAR Jharnapani highlighted about the support rendered by ICAR to progressive farmers, for crop production as well as livestock.
The progressive vegetable farmers mentioned that ‘Trichogramma brassicae’ produced by the Department can control many vegetable pest upto 70% if released on time. In the training altogether 120 farmers participated and learned about IPM and its usefulness in the control of pests without the use of P.P. chemicals. Tricho cards, cap, bags and IPM kits were distributed to the farmers free of cost.

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