ATMA conducts farming activities across state

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/17/2019 11:11:14 AM IST

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) conducted various activities for farmers during the month of May in different locations of the state. 

ATMA Sechü-Zubza raise: Following the recent outbreak of insect-pest especially in maize fields, Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Sechü-Zubza block conducted training on Integrated pest management of Fall Army Worm (FAW) to the village women society of Peducha Basa on May 16. A press release from ATMA Sechii-Zubza team stated that the training was conducted by ATM, Thejavizonuo Kelio. She explained on the life cycle of FAW and its infestation on the maize crops. 

Demonstration on the cultivation practices of Arhar was also conducted by ATM, Ketsivino Nakhro at Kiruphe Basa. She explained on the health benefits of arhar and stated that though it has not grown much in the North East region, with the change in climatic condition it was expected to strive and grow well in the region. She also emphasized on the methods of land preparation, time of sowing, maintaining appropriate seed spacing and correct management practices as important factors for good yield. The demonstration was followed by seed distribution of Arhar UPAS-120 to the participants for trial purposes.

With the launching of a Farmer Interest Group (FIG) on sugarcane cultivation, another demonstration on the cultivation practices of sugarcane was given by ATM, Keviravono Visa. She demonstrated on two methods of plantation- flat bed method and pit method.

ATMA Jakhama block: ATMA Jakhama Block conducted BFAC meeting at DAO’s conference hall on May 16. 

A press release from ATMA Jakhama block stated that, BTM, Jakhama block, Vimenuo Mere highlighted on the undergoing activities under the block. 

During the meeting, members from respective villages reported on the recent maize infection of Fall Army Worm (FAW). A brief report on the status of farm schools and women groups were given by farm school teachers and group leaders. Measure to control FAW and proposal to conduct training at Pfuchama was also discussed.

ATMA Chiephobozou block: ATMA Chiephobozou block conducted training on integrated pest management of Fall Army Worm (FAW) on May 15 to tackle the recent outbreak of this devastating insect-pest especially in maize fields at Meriema village under Kohima district. The block team conducted the training on various control measures. Proper land preparation, crop rotation with non-host plants and burning of left over stubbles as a preventive measure before the pest occurrence was emphasised. Importance of entomopathogens such as Beauveriabassiana, use of NSKE, marigold extract were also highlighted so as to reduce the environmental impact of insecticides. On severe infestation use of insecticide, namely, Emamectin Benzoate 5% SG under the trade name “Pocket” was recommended to spray over entire infested fields. Altogether 40 participants attended the training including other neighbouring villages.

ATMA Pfutsero block: ATMA Pfutsero block, Phek district conducted training and demonstration for farmers at Pfutsero on May 6 with farm school teacher, Ngupetso Kapfo as resource person. A press release from ATMA Phek, Pfutsero block stated that the resource person trained the farmers on importance and management practices of Kiwi cultivation for disease free, quality fruit and high yield production. Kapfo further demonstrated to the farmers on pruning and thinning techniques of Kiwi plant. Meanwhile, a Block Farmers Advisory Committee (BFAC) meeting for ATMA Pfutsero block was also held.

ATMA Sitimi block: ATMA Sitimi Block conducted training on mushroom using paddy straw cultivation method at Langzanger Village on May 11. A press release from ATMA Sitimi block stated that resource person BTM, Sitimi Block, Hokato Achumi, explained the process along with a video demonstration to the farmers. The programme was chaired by ATM, Sitimi block, Lipokjungla Ozukum, and altogether, 24 farmers attended the training and mushroom spawns were distributed to them for the initial start-up. 

ATMA Tuensang, Noksen block: ATMA Tuensang, Noksen block conducted training, demonstration and kisan gosthi programme on May 11 at Yangpi village. ATMA, Noksen block, stated that the purpose on conducting kisan gosthi was shared by BTM Tuensang, Suponglemla Chang. Field demonstration on sowing of hybrid maize (HQPM-1) and intercropping of maize with French beans (Kholar) was carried out by resource person ATM, Noksen block, Tangekeiba Ongh. Farmers were also trained on improved practices of Rice cultivation. A total of 21 farmers participated the training. 



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