Scientific advisory committee meeting of KVK Dimapur, ICAR Research Complex, was conducted June 10 with Dr. C. Rajkhowa, Director, NRC on Mithun, Jharnapani as guest of honour and Dr. Anupam Mishra, joint director, Nagaland Centre, as chairman.
Deputy director sericulture Wabang Lemtur, Ahovi Sumi, DAO and PD ATMA Dimapur, Eyongol Angami, DHO Dimapur, Dr. Simon Ao, Veterinary Surgeon, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Dimapur, Samuel Therieh, Programme Manager, World Vision India, Dr. K. Vikato Sumi, Nagaland Bamboo Mission, Arvind Singh, Consultant CIH, Medziphema, Dr.A.K. Tripathi, nodal officer, KVK’s ICAR Barapani, scientists from Nagaland centre and farmer representatives attended the meeting.
Dr. C. Rajkhowa, Director, NRC on Mithun, Jharnapani emphasised the need and importance of vocational training for rural youth to be conducted for income generation and be linked with proper marketing linkages. Deputy director, sericulture told that all possible help for conducting training and demonstration would be provided to KVK while district horticulture officer asked ICAR authority to organise training for vegetative propagation of Assam lemon as well as quality planting material of lemon and orange for Dimapur district.
District agriculture officer emphasising on the analysis of the nutrient composition of the local paddy varieties and district veterinary surgeon queried about recommendation of the animal breed suitable for the district and source of availability.
He also requested for production technology of HQPM 1 which would be a good source of animal feed as maize constitutes 40-60% of the animal feed.
World Vision also raised the issue to provide more research details on locally available germplasm especially on paddy and maize. Nagaland Bamboo Mission also suggested that bamboo shoot pickle and fibre extraction from bamboo would attract the youth for new enterprise. Bamboo propagation training could also be included in action plan. Nodal officer suggested that the minimum trials in OFT and FLD’s should not be less than 12 from the statistical point of view.
Scientists of ICAR, Nagaland Centre suggested that SRI was resource conservation technology and the parameters for conservation need to be studied. They also asked that the fertilizer dose, time and type of application should also be reported. Ferrolined cemented tank can be taken as a trial for rain water harvesting.
Chairman SAC, Dr. Anupam Mishra, Joint Director, ICAR, Nagaland Centre emphasised on detail studies of the district soil including soil type, altitude, moisture level. He also suggested the KVK to get the feedback from the farmers on the action taken on Kisan Mobile Advisory Services (KMAS) and the messages should be farmer specific.