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Rodent awareness campaign in Dmu, Kma, Peren
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUNE 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Jun. 2011 12:51 AM IST
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The department of Agriculture Dimapur district held rodent a awareness campaign on Tuesday at Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) training hall, District Agriculture Office (DAO) Dimapur.
Speaking on the awareness campaign joint director agriculture I. Panger, said the main objective of the campaign was to save food grains from rodents and described the period as the best occasion to control rodent population. He further urged the farmers to work together to fight against rodents.
Resource person, Jacob Yanthan, SDO (store) Dimapur said rodents control practices were a must for good harvest and good storage of food grains.
“Proper planning of rodent control management is very essential to translate their ecological features to management strategies” said Yanthan. He also urged the farmers to control the pest through community approach. Speaking on the topic ‘Surveillance of rodent outbreak and approach’, resource person Bendanglila, APP DAO office Dimapur said surveillance was a team work and advised the farmers to carry out surveillance sunny days as rodents do not venture out on rainy days.
The awareness campaign was attended by 105 farmers and representatives from 50 villages from all over Dimapur district. Free rodenticides were distributed to all the farmers.
Meanwhile, the district level rodent campaign for Kohima district was launched at Seiyhama Village by TV Holo, addl. director (agriculture) on June 7 and exhortation of farmers by Dr. Deepak Chetri, jt. director (agriculture).
Altogether 150 farmers from five villages attended the launching campaign cum training programme followed by distribution of inputs.
Technical session was taken up by Seyievonuo A.O II, Demonstration of local traps by Myanthung A.O II, Khriesezolie Kire SMS & Kekhrieletuo Yhome APPO.
ATMA Kohima team also participated in the training programme. The programme was chaired by Nosezole District Agriculture Officer & P.D (ATMA-Kohima).
‘Rodent pest management’ was held at town hall, Peren on June 3. Deputy Director Bendangyanger emphasized on the potentiality of the district and asked farmers to be aware of any potential threat to their agricultural crops which may cause loss to their economy.
Short exhortation was delivered by Sarangi IAS SDO (C) Hq. Peren, where she said the department has initiated the training at the right time to create awareness among the farming communities as rodent pest menace has been prevailing in the district since 2008.
Ahiam, from Mhainamtsi village, speaking on behalf of the farmers thanked the department for conducting the training. He emphasized on the need for the department to specially look into the needs of the farmers especially in the valley sector by providing tube wells, pump sets, power tillers, tractors and irrigation facilities in the form of subsidies for carrying out double cropping programmes.
Altogether 166 farmers from 40 villages attended the training programme.
Free rodenticides were distributed to the participants at the end of the training.

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