A three-day training programme on “Organic farming and certification” was organized by Central Institute of Horticulture, DAC, Ministry of Agriculture, GOI in collaboration with Community Development Action and Reflection (CDAR), Aizawl from February 14 to 16 at Thingsulthiah, Chhingcchip and Chhiahtlang village respectively.
The objective of the training was to create awareness to promote environmentally, economically and socially acceptable sound crop production through organic farming.
The resource persons for the training programme were Lalmuinpuia, HDO, Aizawl, Sentiyangla, HS, CIH, Azungla, AHS, CIH, Medziphema, Lalmalsawma, Consultant, CDAR and P C Lalawmpuii, general secretary, CDAR.
The topics covered were “Concepts and principles of organic farming, package of practices in banana, orange, ginger, turmeric and pineapple, post harvest management, certification, standards and regulation, government schemes, small holder group certification, ICS management and on domestic market and export potential of organic products”.
A film presentation on slow poisoning was also shown to create awareness to the participants on the adverse effects on health and environment by the use of various chemical pesticides and insecticides.
Those farmers who practice organic farming were also trained on how to maintain farmer’s diary and other related ICS documents.
The farmers were also made aware on the beneficial use of bio-fertilizers and bio-agents to increase the soil fertility and control pest and disease without the use of any synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
The farmers expressed gratitude to director, CIH, Medziphema and CDAR, Aizawl for organizing the training programmes at the village level and also requested for similar trainings to be held on various topics in future.
Altogether 310 farmers in different batches from various villages attended the training programme.