ATMA activity reports from across the state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 6/9/2019 12:08:12 PM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) has been conducting various trainings, demonstrations, workshops and meetings for the benefit of the famers across the state. Following are the reports.

Akuhaito block: ATMA Akuhaito Block, Zunheboto carried out field day on integrated pest management of field crops-cum farmers’ scientists’ interaction on June 3 at Philimi village. 
A press release by the block stated that Dr Visakho of KVK Lumami specialist in Agronomy and plant breeding was the resource person of the programme.
20 farmers from different villages of Akuhaito ATMA Block attended the field day. The programme was followed by distribution of insect traps and organic pesticides.
ATMA Wokha block: ATMA Wokha conducted within state farmers training –cum- exposure tour programme on June 6-8 at Pfutsero and Kikruma village of Phek district. 
The team first visited a Kiwi farm at Pfutsero belonging to Ngupetso Kapfo and had a farmer to farmer interaction and discussion. The team visited another vegetable farm belonging to Atshola where cabbage and potato were mostly grown, where the team had an interaction. The team also visited Kikruma village to learn about the famous Zabo farming system being practiced by this particular village. The team was led by the two deputy project director of ATMA Wokha,T.Subenthung Yanthan and Yanglen Y Jami along with seven progressive farmers from all blocks of Wokha and guided by the Block Technology Manager Pfutsero block, Khruvolo Swuro. 
ATMA Niuland block: ATMA Dimapur Niuland block conducted Kisan Ghosthi on June 7, at Ghotovi village with resource persons, Kimiyekato, scientist, (Agronomy) Dr. Lawrence Kithan, and Scientist (Pathology), Kavi Sumi, both from AICRP-SASRD, NU. 
A total of 30 participants, mostly women farmers attended the programme. 
Various queries were put up by the farmers during interaction with the officials and scientist based on scope and methods of coffee plantations, etc. 
Field visit was conducted by the officials at the coffee and jhum paddy field where the resource persons appreciated the farmers’ commitment in jhum practice and stated that convergence between the different departments was important to avoid duplication of work.
ATMA Jalukie block: ATMA, Jalukie block under Peren district conducted activities on May 30 and 31 respectively. 
 Demonstration on scientific practices and management of coconut was conducted at Samzuiram where farmers were trained on selection of seedlings, site selection, and preparation of land, spacing and systems of planting.
On the same day, a food security group comprising of 11 women was launched. The members were encouraged to take up kitchen gardening to become self sustaining and to secure food security for themselves and their families. Seed money was handed over to the group president.
Subsequently, the team also conducted Kisan Ghosti at a dragon fruit farm located at Jalukie B. As part of the programme, training on cultivation of dragon fruit was imparted to the farmers by the ATMA functionaries. The programme was followed by an interaction session among the functionaries and the farmers and various topics related to the cultivation of the crop were discussed. 
Altogether 18 farmers attended the programme.
ATMA Chetheba block: ATMA Chetheba block conducted demonstration programme and kisan goshti at Chesezu Nawe on June 5. 
A press release from ATM Chetheba block, Phek, Visavinuo Victoria Zaphu stated that, demonstration on the topic “Integrated pest management of fall armyworm’ was conducted by the resource person Dzuthozo Chizo, ATM. Practical demonstration on how to use and apply biopesticides was demonstrated to the farmers. He also demonstrated on the application of soil and water mixture into the whorls to kill the larvae. 
Victoria Zaphu, ATM demonstrated on the topic “Management practices of Naga king chilli”. Practical demonstration on filed preparation, plant spacing and transplanting of saplings was demonstrated. 
Kisan goshti was conducted where 2 SHGs participated from Chesezu Nasa and Chesezu Nawe. The farmers brought a variety of commodities like beans, bananas, papayas, green chillies, scallions (khuve), bitter eggplant, and cabbages. Dzuthoru Chotso, BTT convenor, Chetheba, thanked the farmers.  


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