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ATMA conducts activities for farmers

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/7/2019 11:54:40 AM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in different districts has been conducting various programmes and activities for farmers across Nagaland. 

Following are the reports. 
ATMA Dimapur within state farmers training: ATMA Dimapur organized within state farmers training programme on “scientific beekeeping” in collaboration with Nagaland Beekeeping & Honey Mission (NBHM) on July 2. A press release from ATMA Dimapur, deputy project director, Tonikali Achumi stated that, technical training session aimed at the value importance of beekeeping, the rearing practice and the seasonal routine management. Resource persons were Bokali, Nitoshe, Letgong Patrick, Neilazono and Francis, NBHM team members. The programme was chaired by Tonikali Achumi deputy PD, ATMA. Altogether 13 ATMA self help groups and food security groups from Niuland, Aghunaqa, Kuhuboto, Chumukedima, Medziphema and Dhansiripar blocks participated in the programme. The participants were informed that seed money would be given through direct benefit by transfer to group bank accounts.
ATMA Kohima visits Botsa and Zhadima: ATMA Kohima conducted a joint visit with KVK, Kohima at Botsa village and Zhadima village from June 26 to 27, where ATMA team along with three KVK scientists visited the food security group (FSG), maize demonstration plot of Botsa village and orange farm at Zhadima village. A press release from ATMA Kohima deputy PD, Rokoshuno Angela stated that, technical session on fall army worm (FAW) was taken up by Michael Pienyü (ACTO) plant protection, KVK. Resource person Zhiete (ACTO) Soil and Water Conservation also encouraged the farmers on the use of bio-fertilizers with special emphasize on vermicompost and its nutritional contents. Field inspection was undertaken where it was found to be satisfactory with timely intervention by ATMA Botsa block on FAW.  Khekali, ACTO, Horticulture apprised the farmers to maintain the orchard with planting systems and timely pruning of the plants and put keen attention on stem borers of the orange plant as it will affect the whole orchard.
ATMA Dimapur Niuland block: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Dimapur Niuland block in collaboration with Agricultural Engineering Association of Nagaland (AGEGAN) conducted within district farmers training on “Farm Mechanization and Water Management in Agriculture”. AGEGAN president Mulukhoto Khamo, encouraged the farmers to cope up with the modern technology in farming such as tractors, power tillers, power weeder, power operated maize sheller, transplanter, reaper, fruit harvesters.  He emphasized on precision agriculture with the help of these machines as it boosts the production and high yield.  Dr. Lamneithem Hangsing stated that with the non-uniform distribution of water round the year causing shortage of water (drought) and excess of water (floods) it was very important to manage water. Water management in rainfed areas can also be encouraged by practicing water harvesting for agriculture using micro catchments, small pits, contouring and terracing.  ATM, Niuland block Nzamo Kikon, spoke on proper identification and management of Fall Army Worm (FAW). 
ATMA Niuland block within district farmers training: ATMA Dimapur Niuland block conducted within district farmers training on “Prevention of swine fever and deworming in pigs” at Hozukhe village on May 25.  A press release from ATMA Dimapur stated that, resource person Dr. T. Vekuto Sema, VAS, department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services emphasized on deworming to be conducted on a regular basis for internal and external parasites else symptoms like reduction in growth rate, diarrhoea occurs in pigs.  During the programme chaired by Demalu Hasnusa, BTM, Niuland block, a total of 35 farmers, mostly women attended the trainings who were all distributed fenbedazole tablets meant for deworming in pigs. 
ATMA Kohima, Sechii Zubza block: ATMA Kohima, Sechii Zubza block launched Food Security Group (FSG) on May 22 at Sechiima. A press release from ATMA Sechu Zubza stated that during the launching programme, ATM, Keviravono Visa addressed the members on the importance of an FSG and its advantages and disadvantages. She also apprised the members that an FSG should serve as a “Model Food Security Hub” through establishing kitchen garden, animal husbandry etc. Seed money was given to the group for the initial start up of the group. Training on integrated pest management of Fall Army Worm (FAW) was held at Sechii Zubza. ATM, Thejavizonuo Kelio spoke on the life cycle of the pest and its severity on the infestation in and around the district. AFA, Thepfulelie Yhome spoke on the usage of chemical, its doses and its precautionary measures. Emamectin Benzoate 5% SG under the trade name “Pocket” was distributed to the farmers in lieu of the heavy infestation in the village. Altogether 40 participants attended the training.

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