ATMA conducts various activities across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/3/2019 11:43:42 AM IST

Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) has conducted various activities across Nagaland during the month of May for farmers’ welfare. 

ATMA Kohima, Jakhama block: ATMA Kohima Jakhama block conducted a training programme on IPM of Fall Army Worm (FAW) at Pfuchama on May 18. A press release from ATMA Jakhama block stated that the farmers were highlighted about the identification of the pest, its different life cycles and various control measures and how to apply the insecticide spray solution. Resource persons for the training were AI, Mhalevilie Thorie, AI and ATM Jakhama block, Ketholezo Kipu. Altogether 25 participants attended the training including farmers from neighbouring villages.

ATMA Wokha block, Longsa village: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Wokha block conducted one-day Kisan Ghosti at Longsa village on May 18. A press release from ATMA, Wokha, ATM Elilo Kikon stated that training and awareness focused on FAW. The technical session was conducted by BTM, Wokha block Dr. Tiatula Jamir. The second session was followed by farmers’ scientist interaction programme where Dr. N. Khumdemo Ezung, senior scientist and head (i/c), KVK Kiphire and ACTO (Agronomy), KVK, Wokha and Dr. Tiatula Jamir, BTM were the experts. During the third session, a demonstration programme on insecticide/biopesticide dosage and spraying techniques was also conducted in the farmers’ field conducted by Dr. Tiatula Jamir, BTM. Altogether, around 42 farmers participated in the programme, chaired by ATM Elilo and vote of thanks by ATM Wokha block Merithung.

ATMA Wokha FSI and farmers’ award: Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Wokha, organized district level exhibition-cum-farmers scientists interaction (FSI) and farmers award programmes under B.7, B.8 and B.11, a cafeteria of activities, on May 17 at Yanthamo village, covering 7 villages. 

A press release from deputy project director, ATMA, Wokha, Yanglen Jami, stated that FSI programme were participated by farmers from 7 villages and resource persons for the programmes were, DAO Wokha, R. Santsu Kithan, DHO & PD ATMA Wokha, Medemshiba, CVO Wokha, Dr. Thungben Yanthan, Asst. Technical officer KVK Wokha, Dr. Mhalo Tungoe, VAS, Dr. Morothung Ezung, HI, Shanjobeni Humtsoe, HI, Chenithung Tsanglao and AO, Mhathung Odyuo. R. Santsu Kithan gave a short speech. Exhibition programmes were held on various local agricultural produce, where competition on all crops was held and cash prizes given away. Award for best performing farmers in the district was given to 3 selected farmers with certificates and cash.  The programme was chaired by DHO & PD ATMA Wokha, Medemshiba, the release stated. 

ATMA Wokha block on FAW: One-day demonstration programme on control of fall army worm in maize was conducted by ATMA, Wokha Block on May 18, at fishery training hall, Wokha with BTM, Wokha block Dr. Tiatula Jamir, as the resource person. 

A press release from ATM Elilo Kikon stated that during the programme live method demonstration on the working system of the pneumatic sprayer, measurement of the correct dose of insecticide/biopesticide was conducted by using clinical syringe for measurement of the dose for mixing in a litre of water was conducted. Demonstration on spraying methods was conducted in farmers’ field where various spraying methods such as spot application, blanket spraying and soil spraying was demonstrated to the participating farmers. The expert advised the farmers to avoid spraying against the wind to avoid drift effect on the human health. During the programme inputs such as NSKE, Metagreen and Emamectin benzoate was distributed to all the participants. 

Altogether around 20 farmers participated in the programme. Earlier the programme was chaired by ATM Elilo Kikon, and vote of thanks was pronounced by Merithung, ATM, Wokha Block. 

ATMA Phek, Chizami block: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Phek Chizami Block conducted block farmers advisory committee meeting on May 11, at council hall, Chizami village.  A press release from ATMA Phek stated that BTM Zevosenuo Rutsa explained the main objectives of BFAC and the role of its members.  ATMA Chizami block also launched a new food security group “Thedelu Zawe Kro” with ten members on May 13. 

The programme was followed by training and demonstration on disease management at cardamom farm school. Resource person ATM Alole Mero highlighted the various diseases of cardamom symptoms and demonstrated on identifying various disease, rogueng of disease plant parts, pruning of plants and trees around the field and use of Trichoderma multiplied on FYM. The programme culminated with vote of thanks delivered by ATM Sibino Dolie.

ATMA Jalukie: Agricultural Technology Management Agency, Jalukie block under Peren district, conducted trainings and demonstrations from May 23 to 25. 

A press release from ATMA Jalukie block stated that demonstration on maintenance of bee box in bee keeping was conducted at Old Jalukie on May 23, where the farmers were trained on scientific management of honey bee colonies through technical sessions and practical demonstrations. Training on awareness and management of fall army worm was also conducted at the same village since its infestation is considered as the deadliest pest epidemic in the country. Farmers were trained on management of insect pest through eco friendly means and were made aware on how absence of timely control and management can cause significant damage to economically important cultivated cereals. Sample of worms were shown to the farmers to help them identify the pest in their fields. Fields were inspected to check for infestations. Hybrid maize seeds, arhar, and dhaincha seeds along with bio fertilizers were also handed over to the group, the release stated. 

ATMA Dimapur swine fever: A press release from ATMA Dimapur stated that, resource person Dr. T. Vekuto Sema, VAS, department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services highlighted on the preventive measures of swine fever in pigs. He also 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. 

Certain queries were highlighted during the training by the farmers like whether use of deworming tablets during pregnancy was applicable or not, dosage of deworming tablets, cycle of vaccination of pigs, procedure or steps as to whether to give deworming tablets before or after food, whether per tablets can be given randomly or according to size/ weight of pig.

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. 


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