ATMA activities from across the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/16/2018 12:25:08 AM IST
Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), in its continued efforts to being the latest agricultural technology methods has been continually performing a series of activities across the state. Following are some more reports of their activities.
Kiphire block: A training program on bee keeping, mushroom cultivation and nutritional garden was jointly organised by KVK (ICAR) & ATMA Kiphire Khonsa block from June 20 to 24, at Thanamir village, Salomi Village and Moya respectively.
Altogether 70 farmers attended the program. Resource persons for the training were Jess T. Murry and Senchumo Yanthan.
They emphasised on the importance on starting a housed hold income source and talked about the steps involved for beginning bee keeping, mushroom & nutritional gardening which can be practiced with ease by the farmers and help maintain the ecological balance.
ATMA Kiphire block with KVK Kiphire jointly conducted training on mushroom cultivation at Chanchor village on June 23. 
A press release by ATMA Kiphire block stated that a briefing on Krishi Kalyan Abhiyan and doubling the income of farmers was given by Setsiba BTT convenor. The resource person spoke on the requirements and process of mushroom cultivation and the precautions to be observed. Farmers were also trained on post harvest handling and value addition to mushroom. Vote of thanks was delivered by one of the farmers. A total of 22 farmers attended the program.
Chuchuyimlang Block: ATMA, Chuchuyimlang block under Mokokchung district organized an inauguration program of a Citrus (Mandarin Orange) Farm School at Salulamang village on June 13.
A press release from ATMA Chuchuyimlang block ATM, Lipoktila said the farm school was inaugurated by T. Mayang A.O & BTT convener where he highlighted the functions of ATMA and concept of a farm school.
Resource person Rongsennungsang, facilitator, Dept. of Agriculture, appraised the farmers on the various local techniques as well as improved practices for pest management and disease management and various other production technologies. He also demonstrated various propagation methods like air layering, grafting and T-Budding.
The program concluded with an interaction where most of the farmers shared their grievances on the aspects of marketing, their potential interests and needs as well as ideas for better farm development. The program was chaired by Chubaienla Jamir ATM. A total of 20 participants attended the program.
ATMA Chuchuyimlang block also organised a launching program for ‘Sonan’ Food Security Group (FSG) at Yaongyimti (New) village on June 14.
A press release from ATM Lipoktila stated that in a keynote address, T. Mayang AO and BTT convener advised and encouraged the newly formed women’s food security group –‘Sonan SHG’ to take the training as an opportunity and to be sincere in their activities. Resource person, Chubaienla Jamir ATM, apprised the 10 member group of mostly middle aged women, about why the group was formed, and the role should play in attaining food security.
A training session on “post-harvest management of horticultural crops” was also given, where all the group members actively participated in making jams, pickles, tapioca chips and ginger candy. Seed money was given to the newly formed FSG.

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