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Agriculture Extension Training tour by Deptt of Agriculture, Medziphema

Agriculture Extension Training tour  by Deptt of Agriculture, Medziphema
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/26/2019 5:38:31 AM IST

 Apart from the numerous challenges in imparting quality training to the trainees, the 26th batch of AET trainees had a successful Nagaland tour as per the academic calendar from April 22 to 25. A total of 69 trainees along with 7 others comprising lecturers and field workers toured Mokokchung District for all round development of trainees in the socio - cultural ethnicity of a particular district.

On April 22, the trainees started their exciting journey to Mokokchung via Assam and stopped at SDAO, Tuli farm Deptt. of Agriculture where they received detailed information on Oil Palm cultivation initiated by Shivasias Oil Palm Pvt Ltd. Andhra Pradesh and were also apprised on agar plantation, tea plantation and fishery (pond) which is the largest in Tuli Town and has  different varieties of fish.
On April 23, the trainees were taken around SARS (State Agricultural Research Station) Yisemyong, the only Research Station in the Deptt. of Agriculture. Some highlights  from the visit to SARS were :-
1. Watershed model project which aims to conserve the soil, plant and animal communities/conservation of biodiversity for the future generation-a sustainable practice.
2. Seed production on coarse Cereals under NSFM (2017-18)
3. Research on Jhum cultivation with 4-5 varieties of crops namely Jobs’ tears, finger millet, fox tail millet, Sorghum and Jowar. 
4. Information on Alder trees for its importance in improving soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen in the soil and its other usefulness. 
5. Water harvesting pond structure located in the field with a capacity of   3,00,000 liters sponsored under RKVY to utilize the water during dry season. 
6. The only gene bank in Nagaland and 2nd in the North East for the conservation of 867 varieties of  of Indigenous rice of paddy germplasm identified by SARS Yisemyong,  Mokokchung.
Beside these, the trainees also visited soil testing Laboratory and provided awareness of planting geometry experiments and vermicompost unit etc.
On April 24, , trainees were taken to the paddy field valley at Aliba village to observe and study the off season cucumber field. The villagers not only practice cultivation but take up sequential farming in rice and cucumber. The farmers fetch a good price of upto above one lakh rupees within this off season before they cultivate  paddy on the valley.
On the last day, i.e  April 25,  the trainees started early from Yisemyong via Wokha where they were received by DAO, Deptt. of Agriculture and its staff to visit a progressive farmer Yanbo Yiri. The trainees visited the farmer’s passion fruit plantation and interacted with him on  his experiences which was an eye opener for them.
In conclusion, I  would like to acknowledge  Ben Yanthan, Director, Deptt. of Agriculture for funding the tour, Principal IETC and Director SAMETI  Medziphema, SDAO & staff of Tuli, DAO & staff of Mokokchung, Jt. Director & staff of Yisemyong and DAO & staff of Wokha for the logistic arrangements on the tour and Arenjungla, Agril.Officer, IETC for accompanying the trainees.
It may be mentioned here that Integrated Extension Training Centre (IETC) Deptt. of Agriculture is the oldest Training Institute Established in the year 1964 by the Deptt. of Agriculture, Nagaland, in an area of 1058 Acres of land between Dimapur and Kohima. So far, a total of 805 Agricultural Field Assistants have been produced and are now working in various districts of Nagaland in Agri and Allied sectors to work with the farmers at grassroot level for technology transfer.
The institute presently offers the following courses and capacity building :-
1. A 2 (Two) years certificate for 10 + 2 (Science, Arts) unemployed youths in Agriculture. A proposal to upgrade to Diploma is under process where 10 + 2 (Science) unemployed youth will be absorbed for more opportunities to the advantage of the trainees in future.
2. A 1 (One) year PGDAEM (Post Graduate Diploma in Agriculture Extension Management) supported by MANAGE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India is conducted at SAMETI (State Agriculture Management Extension Technology Institute)
3. Short term capacity building and upgradation trainings in the field of Agriculture Extension and Management in Agriculture and Allied course programs and off campus Training courses are also conducted in the training institute from different parts of the nation.
The IETC is fortunate to have three Laboratories not only for the practicability of the trainees but also for production and distribution of bio fertilizers and bio agents to farmers. The Laboratories are also working in close co-ordination with central and state universities for M.Sc and Ph.D research programs.
(Dr. Watimongla Jamir)
Vice Principal IETC
Deptt. of Agriculture
Medziphema, Nagaland.

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