A nine days progressive farmers’ exposure tour programme jointly organized by the state department of agriculture and ATMA-Dimapur district was held from June 14 to 22 to Delhi, Haryana and Agra for the farmers of Dimapur district.
Altogether 20 farmers from various villages led by S.K. Khemprai, SDAO Dimapur and Toivi Swu, AO-II participated in the tour programme.
The team visited tourist spots in and around Delhi, such as Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Lotus temple, Rajghat, India Gate, Parliament house, Taj Mahal in Agra and famous shopping places.
The team was also taken around IARI Pusa campus by the authority where they could see protected farming system, drip irrigation and research farms. In Haryana, the team visited Hissar Agricultural University and its research farms.
Farmers of Zunheboto block: A one-day farmers’ exposure trip was conducted by ATMA for farmers of Zunheboto block to Sapotimi village for Apiary visit. The team was lead by the BTT Convenor Vishito Assumi and BTT member L. kivika Chophi.
The group visited the apiary site where one of the progressive Bee farmers explained in detail the art of Bee keeping, showed his own innovative model and explained the advantages to that of the traditional and improved model provided by the Nagaland Bee mission.
The expert farmers explained the types of wood to be used for box making and also the size and thickness of the box. The group also visited the site were improved bee box were placed. They were explained in detail about the super chamber, brood chamber, super frame, queen gate of the box and they were able to identify the workers, drone and queen in the hive.
The farmers were advised to be cautious when handling Queen during transfer to the hive. The harvesting time as well as profitability after marketing was also explained. Demonstration on Honey extraction from the honey extractor machine was also shown to the farmers. A total of 12 farmers participated in the programme.